'Highway 101 Bandit' may have hit Menlo Park

Investigators today are continuing to search for clues into a bank robbery Monday at a Menlo Park credit union that may have been committed by a man dubbed the 'Highway 101 Bandit.'

Around 1:35 p.m. a man walked into the Provident Credit Union branch at 825 Santa Cruz Ave. and handed a teller a note demanding money, according to public information officer Nicole Acker. No weapon was seen and the suspect left the building with an undisclosed amount of money. He was last seen exiting the rear of the bank toward Crane Street, according to police.

Witnesses described the man as white with gray hair and a moustache, according to police. He was wearing aviator style glasses and a black leather jacket.

“Investigators are saying that his description matches photos of other bank robberies that have taken place,” Acker said.

The Highway 101 Bandit is believed to have robbed 16 banks in cities along Highway 101 from San Diego to Petaluma, according to the San Francisco FBI Field Office.

Authorities believe the man robbed a Corte Madera bank Thursday, as well as banks in Palo Alto, Campbell, Burlingame, San Jose and Belmont.

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