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Gunman robs Manteca store for cash, smokes

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POSTED October 31, 2013 1:08 a.m.

An armed suspect walked into the Quik-Stop at the corner of Union Road and Louise Avenue early Tuesday morning, pointed the gun at the store owner, and demanded both the cash in the till and cigarettes from behind the counter.

According to Manteca Police Department officials, he made off with an unspecified amount of both.

Shortly after midnight on Tuesday a light-skinned gunman with a mask covering the lower portion of his face – described as between 5-foot, 8-inches and 5-foot-9 tall and weighing between 165 and 180 pounds – brandished a large silver revolver before making his demands.

That suspect then left on foot and was last seen headed southbound on N. Louise Ave. The matter is currently being investigated by Manteca Police Department detectives.

It’s the second time in the last three months that a robber used a firearm in order to intimidate a cash register clerk at a busy local business and get away with as much money as possible. In late August a McDonalds on Lathrop Road was slowed to a standstill after a drive-thru window customer stuck a shotgun in the face of the window attendant and demanded money.

But that plot was foiled when officers dug a little bit below the surface. Less than a week after the robbery took place Manteca Police detectives arrested not only the person suspected of committing the robbery but also the attendant after learning it was an inside job.

Manteca had eight total robberies in August – the same amount during that entire month the previous year – which tied with April for the most in a given month so far this year. Crime statistics for September have not yet been posted to the Manteca Police Department’s website. Only four robberies were recorded in July, the lowest recorded month of 2013 thus far.

Anybody with any information about Tuesday’s robbery is encouraged to contact the Manteca Police Department at (209) 456-8100 or the South County Crime Stoppers – where they can leave an anonymous tip and become eligible for an award up to $1,000 – at (209) 823-4636.

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