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Armed robber steals cash, gun from doughnut shop

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POSTED July 12, 2012 12:52 a.m.

Manteca Police officers definitely weren’t hanging around one of five doughnut shops in the city at 5:37 a.m. Wednesday when a lone gunman walked through the front door of one located in the former Mervyn’s Shopping Center on South Main Street.

Main Street Doughnuts shop owner Tim Lim said he lost about $100 in cash and a brief case that housed a $600 Glock 17 semi-automatic hand gun and a $1,000 cashier’s check as well as another check that was made out to the county for his tax bill.  Also taken were a lap top computer and a hard drive that was inside the stolen case.

Lim said the man,  who he believed to be about 40 years old, and recognized as Hispanic by his voice, entered his shop pulling a ski mask down over his head that had the image of a skeleton. The man was also wearing a hoodie pulled over his head and a black shirt with thin white stripes, black pants, and white tennis shoes, he added.

He said the robber entered the shop’s work area through a side access door from the lobby near the bathroom entrance holding the hand gun to the side of his leg as his wife screamed at what she was seeing.

Lim surmised that the robbery suspect had cased his store by looking through a back screen door and saw his briefcase where it had been left against the wall of the small bakery.  The back door had been left open in an attempt to cool the interior, he noted.

The robber took $100 from the register and walked directly to the back of the store and picked up the brief case and grabbed a ham and cheese sandwich.  When he opened the rear door to flee the building, he held up his gun displaying its red tip on the end of the mussel – which designates it is just a toy.



5 stolen guns in last week in Manteca

Manteca Police Captain John Orcutt urged members of the public to secure their weapons to prevent them from being stolen and used by criminals.  He noted that the officers recovered three stolen guns last week but another five were stolen in burglaries.

There were no customers in the store when the robbery took place, he said.  The ham and cheese sandwich would have cost the man $2.50 if he had paid for it.

Lim had formerly owned a doughnut shop on North Main Street at Alameda Street where he was accosted and robbed as he walked in the back door of his building at 4:30 one morning.  He had operated that shop for some seven years.  Lim has been at the South Main Street shop for the past two years.

Any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robbery suspect may result in a $1,000 reward from Manteca Crime Stoppers.  Call 823-4636 and remain anonymous.



Yogurt shop robbery, fire in Moffat building


Another armed robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the Crushed Frozen Yogurt shop at 882 Lifestyle Street Tuesday night in The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley retail complex.  He was described as being in his early 20s and was last seen running behind a nearby theater, police said.  They noted that he was unshaven, had a mustache and a goatee.

Shortly before midnight Wednedsay a fire broke out in an abandoned county ag building at 392 Moffat Boulevard that had been torched by an arsonist two months ago.  Fire crews reportedly had the blaze under control within 10 minutes.  Police said the fire was of suspicious nature as others have been over the past two years in the Moffat Boulevard area.

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