STOCKTON — Stockton Police Department officers were busy responding to a series of robberies over the past three days, one of which resulted in an arrest.
Police said that at 12:10 p.m. Friday, a man walked into a store in the 2700 block of West March Lane and stole potato chips.
The store owner followed the robber outside, confronted him and took the chips back, police said. The robber then threw a bottle of soda at the victim, but it hit store window, causing it to break.
The robber fled but was located a short time later and arrested. Willie Harris, 30, was arrested on suspicion of robbery.
At 1:40 p.m. Friday, two men entered a business in the 8600 block of Lower Sacramento Road, jumped over the counter and pointed a handgun at an employee.
One of the robbers ordered the employee to get on the floor and tell him how to open the register.
When the register wouldn’t open, the robber threw it on the floor several times. The register still did not open, so the robber filled a bag with cigarettes.
Police said he threw the register to the ground one more time, and it opened, so he took the cash.
Both robbers fled on foot. One of the robbers was described as a 30-year-old black man with an average build standing about 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black scarf and blue jeans. A description of the second robber was not given.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, a boy got into an altercation with two men and a woman in the 4500 block of North El Dorado Street.
The two men pulled black handguns on the boy and demanded his property, police said. When the victim complied, the woman checked the boy’s waistband for additional items. One of the men then struck the boy in the face with the handgun before all three assailants fled the area.
The first robber was described as a Latino male, 18-20 years old, wearing a red San Francisco 49ers jacket and gray jeans.
The second robber was described as a Latino male, 18-20 years old. The third robber was described as a Latina, 28, wearing a black, short-sleeved shirt.
Eight minutes later, a man was walking to the store in the 400 block of South California Street when he was confronted by two people.
The men demanded money from him, and when he said he had none, one of the assailants pulled out a knife and cut him on the thumb, police said.
Both assailants fled eastbound on Hazelton Avenue, police said.
The first robber was described as a Latino male in his mid-30s standing about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 130 to 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a yellow jacket.
The second robber was described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s standing 6 feet tall and weighing 180 to 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and black pants.
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