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* Palo Alto Man Jeffrey Owen Smith Charged For String Of Robberies Near Caltrain Stations

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The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has charged a 38-year-old man with a string of robberies between September and December 2008, many of which took place near Caltrain stations, Palo Alto police announced Thursday.Jeffrey Owen Smith, who is currently in San Mateo County jail after being convicted for a Nov. 18, 2008 robbery in Menlo Park, was charged with attempted robbery in an incident in Palo Alto that occurred earlier on Nov. 18, according to police.Smith has also been charged with robberies of lone women in Palo Alto on Nov. 15, Oct. 5, Sept. 10, and Sept. 8, police said. He was also charged with possession of stolen property, based on evidence found during a search of his home on Nov. 19.Many of the robberies occurred near the two Caltrain stations in Palo Alto on California Avenue and University Avenue, according to police.Palo Alto police worked with transit police from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office during the investigation.All six counts Smith faces are felonies, with a maximum potential prison sentence of five years for each of the robbery counts, and a maximum of three years for the possession of stolen property count, police said.

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