A 26-year-old man has been charged in a string of eight robberies in Los Altos since February, including four banks, a liquor store, gas station and pizzeria, Los Altos police said. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office on Friday filed eight counts of robbery against Thomas Andrew Cronin, a resident of Los Altos, police said.
Police apprehended Cronin on Wednesday during a traffic stop at 11:45 a.m., about 90 minutes after a reported robbery of the US Bank at 1001 Fremont Ave. in Los Altos, police said.
During the robbery, a man pulled a handgun on a teller, demanded money and fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash in a car a witness saw him drive away in, police said. Officers spotted a car matching the one the witness described near the intersection of Rosita Avenue and Anderson Drive in Los Altos. Cronin, the driver of the car, was arrested on robbery charges and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose, police said.
An investigation by police later linked Cronin to seven other robberies in Los Altos, including the Standard Liquor store on Feb. 2 and March 19, Bank of the West on Feb. 11 and Comerica Bank at 275 Third St. on March 6 and April 11. Police also alleged that Cronin robbed the Shell Gas station at 929 Fremont Ave. and Round Table Pizza at 399 First St.
Prosecutors filed the other seven charges Friday after Cronin was arrested on suspicion of robbing the US Bank, police said.
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