News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Robbery Behind Borders Books
Contact : Lieutenant Sandra Brown, Palo Alto Police Department    650-704-2930
Palo Alto, CA – On Monday, December 6, 2010, at 9:34 PM, the Palo Alto Police responded to the report of a strong arm robbery that had just occurred in the 500 block of Cowper Street. The robbery took place in the rear parking lot of Border's Books. The suspect approached the 31 year-old female victim from the rear, pushed her off balance and pulled her purse from her shoulder and then ran towards Hamilton Avenue then turned west.

The suspect was described as a Pacific Islander male, between the ages of 18- 30 years, tall and thin, wearing a white or gray hooded sweat shirt and dark jeans.  

The victim was not injured in this robbery. If you find that you are the unfortunate victim of a robbery, please cooperate with the suspect’s demands. If anyone has any information regarding this crime, please call the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413 or make an anonymous tip at