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Police pinch pungent perp

smokes robberAn alleged Mountain View bank robber notorious for his peculiar odor has been caught after police connected him to another crime.

Mountain View Police arrested 45-year-old William Brackin Tuesday (July 8) for allegedly shoplifting cigarettes from CVS Pharmacy at 850 California St. During questioning, police said they learned Brackin was responsible for robbing Bank of America on Castro Street nearly a week earlier.

Police had described the bank robber as a white male with a tanned face, neck and arms who had “an odor about him” – an indication that he may not have bathed recently. Following his arrest and questioning Tuesday, police booked Brackin into the Santa Clara County main jail on charges of robbery and petty theft.

“We never know how incidents are going to be related, but we do know that crime definitely doesn’t happen in a vacuum," Mountain View Lt. Keith Plamondon said. “In this case, our officers turned what initially was a shoplift case into the arrest of a bank robber.”

According to Mountain View Police Sgt. Saul Jaeger, Brackin’s arrest occurred after CVS employees contacted police because he left the store without paying for a pack of cigarettes. Based on the employees’ description, an officer in the area soon tracked Brackin down and arrested him for shoplifting.

The arrest came six days after police sought the public’s help in identifying a male bank robber that matches Brackin’s profile. In that incident, the male suspect entered Bank of America shortly after 2:30 p.m. July 2 and presented a demand note to a teller. The suspect escaped with approximately $1,300 in cash that he stuffed in a blue bag. A gun was not brandished during the robbery, according to police.

Anyone with information on the robbery case is encouraged to call Mountain View Police at 903-6395.

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