PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — Palo Alto police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who allegedly robbed a Comerica Bank in Palo Alto on Friday afternoon dressed as a construction worker.

According to police, the man entered the bank just after 5:25 p.m.Friday. He allegedly brandished a handgun in his waistband to a teller in her 50s and demanded money.

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Suspected Bank Robber

Surveillance image of a suspected bank robber in Palo Alto (Comerica Bank via Palo Alto Police)

When the teller went to a back room, the suspect grabbed cash from an open cash drawer and fled, police said. No customers were inside the bank when the robbery took place.

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Police describe the suspect as a white man in his 30s, who is at least 6 feet tall, and was last seen wearing a bright orange sweatshirt, black jeans, sunglasses and a white construction helmet.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Palo Alto police at (650) 329-2413. Those wishing to remain anonymous can leave a voicemail or send a text to (650) 383-8984 or email

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