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Palo Alto Bank Robbery Suspect Caught Walking Shirtless

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A woman shed a wig and clothes to avoid detection after robbing a Palo Alto bank Wednesday afternoon, but was caught without a change of shirt, police said today. The robbery at a Wells Fargo bank in the 500 block of California Avenue was reported at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The woman waited in line at the bank and then handed a teller a note demanding money. She was given the money and walked out of the bank north through a parking lot and out of sight, police said. She apparently abandoned a wig and took off some of her clothes to change her appearance, but police found 20-year-old Joyce Rodriguez of San Francisco walking in the 2300 block of Yale Street wearing only a bra and jeans.

Rodriguez was arrested and police found the discarded wig and clothes in a nearby carport, police said. She was booked into jail on suspicion of robbery, burglary, destruction of evidence and a warrant for prostitution, police said. Investigators are looking into whether she might have committed any other bank robberies. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Palo Alto police at (650) 329-2413.

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