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William Brackin, Arrested In Shoplifting At Drug Store, Is Also Arrested In July 1 Bank Robbery In Mountain View

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A man arrested for shoplifting on Tuesday was identified as a suspect in the July 1 robbery of bank in Mountain View committed by a malodorous man, police said today.

Mountain View police arrested William Brackin, 45, on Tuesday after officers were called to the CVS pharmacy on 850 California St, about a customer who had just stolen some cigarettes, police Sgt. Saul Jaeger said.

Officers arrived and found Brackin, who fit the description of the shoplifter, in the area of the drug store and took him into custody on suspicion of shoplifting, Jaeger said.

Police questioned Brackin and obtained information about his involvement in the robbery on July 1 of the Bank of America at 444 Castro Street.

Brackin was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose on suspicion of robbery and petty theft.

At about 2:30 p.m. on July 1, a suspect walked into the bank, handed an employee a note demanding money, received more than $1,300 in cash and fled after stuffing the loot into a blue bag.

The suspect never displayed or mentioned having a weapon, Jaeger said.

He was described as a white man with a dark shirt under a tan colored one, faded blue jeans, construction-style boots, sunglasses and a hat with “Callaway” printed on it.

He also had an odor about him indicating that he had not bathed for some time, Jaeger said.

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