Suspect Attempts to Rob Los Altos Bank, Gets Frustrated and Leaves

A man wearing an obvious disguise and wielding a gun attempted to hold up a bank in Los Altos on Thursday, only to discover it was a savings and loan that carries no cash up front.

A would-be bank robber thought he had the perfect target in Los Altos picked out last week. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.

Los Altos Police told Patch that, on Thursday, April 5, just before 2:30 p.m., an unknown suspect entered Luther Burbank Savings, located in a shopping center at 4546 El Camino Real.

The man was wearing an obvious disguise, police said a teller told them - possibly a gray wig with a light-colored baseball cap.

He was also carrying a gun.

Reportedly, the suspect walked up to a teller at the front counter, quietly displayed his gun, and then passed a demand note to the teller, Los Altos Police Agent Mark Loranjo said.

Unfortunately for him, that's where his plan fell apart.

The teller calmly told the suspect that, because it was a savings and loan and not a bank, there was no cash kept up front to give him.

At that point, the man got frustrated, and simply walked out, Agent Loranjo told Patch.

After the suspect was gone, bank representatives called Los Altos Police to report the incident. Police responded to the scene and conducted a thorough search for the suspect, but were unable to locate him.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call the at 650-947-2770.



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