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Palo Alto Police Seek Suspect In Armed Robbery Of Ice Cream Parlor

PALO ALTO (CBS SF) – A search is underway for a man suspected of an armed robbery at an ice cream parlor in Palo Alto Monday night.

Officers were called to the Baskin Robbins on the 2600 block of Middlefield Road around 7:40 p.m.

According to investigators, the suspect ordered food and when the employee returned with his order, he pointed a semiautomatic handgun at her and ordered the victim to open the cash register. The suspect took money from the cash register and from the tip jar.

The suspect was last seen driving southbound on Middlefield in a four-door sedan, police said.

Palo Alto Ice Cream Armed Robbery
Surveillance photo of man suspected in an armed robbery at a Baskin Robbins on Middlefield Road in Palo Alto on March 22, 2021. (Palo Alto Police Department)

A surveillance photo shows a suspect who is a male in his early 20s with short black hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black San Francisco 49ers cap and a camouflage face covering.

Investigators said they are working with other regional partners to determine if the man is connected to other robberies.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Palo Alto police at 650-329-2413. Tips can be left anonymously at, by calling or texting 650-383-8984 or through the department's mobile apps.

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