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


Subject :

Tips Lead to Arrest of Saturday’s Credit Union Robbery Suspect
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police    650-329-2413
Booking Photo of Eddie Boyce Jr.Surveillance image from credit union
Palo Alto, CA -- Tips from law enforcement officers from two different local agencies led to the arrest of the suspect in Saturday's robbery of a credit union.

Following the robbery of Provident Credit Union at 2390 El Camino Real on the morning of April 13, 2013, officers from the Palo Alto Police Department created a bulletin and distributed it to regional law enforcement agencies, as is standard practice in such cases.  The bulletin contained surveillance images of the suspect.

Two separate law enforcement officers independently thought they recognized the suspect from the bulletin, and called the Palo Alto Police Department with the name of a possible suspect.  One tipster was a deputy from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, who is assigned to their Main Jail and who was familiar with the suspect from a prior booking.  The other tipster was the suspect’s own probation officer from the San Mateo County Probation Department.

Detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department conducted further investigation that connected the suspect to the robbery.  On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at about 9:40 a.m., officers from the Palo Alto Police Department arrested 50-year-old transient Eddie Darrell Boyce, Jr., at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System at 3801 Miranda Avenue in Palo Alto.  Officers from the Veterans Affairs Police Department assisted with the arrest, which occurred without incident.  Boyce is on active probation in San Mateo County from prior convictions for possession of narcotics and evading police.

Police booked Boyce into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for one count of robbery, a felony.  A booking photo of Boyce is attached to this release, as is a Provident Credit Union surveillance photo from the day of the crime.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the robbery is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.