Mountain view police on Thursday announced the arrest of a 53-year-old man suspected of robbing five banks in Santa Clara County and attempting to rob another all within the past few weeks.The suspect, 53-year-old Peter Pearson, was arrested Wednesday after a Mountain View police officer recognized him from footage of him at a convenience store, according to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. Pearson allegedly committed the first robbery May 28 and most recently robbed a California Bank and Trust in Mountain View on Monday, Wylie said.All of the robberies and the attempted robbery occurred in Mountain View, Sunnyvale or Santa Clara within that time frame, according to Wylie. After Monday’s robbery, Pearson allegedly took a taxi to a McDonald’s in Mountain View. Across the street from the McDonald’s is a Pacific Inn that Pearson then entered, Wylie said.A Mountain View police officer watched these activities, thinking Pearson’s body type matched the suspect description from the previous bank robberies. But since there had not yet been a photo of the suspect released, the officer was not sure Pearson was the suspect.Then, on Wednesday, a photo of Pearson from a convenience store surveillance camera was linked to the bank robberies suspect and the officer recognized Pearson as the man in the photo, Wylie said.That evening Pearson was arrested at the Pacific Inn without incident and booked into San Jose jail on five counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery, according to Wylie.
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