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Theft reported at local gas station

Police: Suspect called convenience store later to explain by Tia Lyons | February 19, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

El Dorado police are investigating a robbery that was reported Wednesday evening at a local convenience store and in which a suspect later called the store to explain “his actions.”

Officers were called at 6:41 p.m. Wednesday to Express Way North West-Exxon, 2424 N. West Avenue, in reference to a robbery.

A cashier told police that a woman attempted to purchase two cigars, but when he asked for identification to confirm her age, she became agitated and walked out of the store.

Moments later, the woman returned with a man who attempted to purchase two cigars, but the man did not have enough money to pay for the cigars, the complainant said, noting that the man had $5 cash and the cigars cost $7.

The complainant said the male then asked if he could complete the transaction with the cash in hand and return later to pay the $2 balance.

The complainant said he refused and the male asked him to refund the $5.

The cashier said he processed the refund in the store’s point of sale system and when he placed the $5 cash on the counter, the suspect became agitated, grabbed the cash and the cigars.

He said that when he tried to take the cigars from the suspect, the suspect began punching the plexi-glass partition on the counter and threw a stapler and an A-frame sign that read “wet floor.”

The cashier said that as he ran from behind the counter to confront the suspect, the suspect issued a terroristic threat, saying, “If I see you again, I’m going to kill you.”

The man and woman then ran to their vehicle — a white Honda Accord — and headed south on North West Avenue, according to a police report.

Police said the incident was captured on the store’s surveillance video system.

The cashier sustained a minor laceration to his left wrist and one of his fingernails was pulled back and bruised, police said.

At approximately 11 p.m., another Express Way employee reported that the male suspect had called the store “to explain his actions to the employee who was on duty” when the incident occurred.

Potential suspects have been identified in the case. No arrests have been made.

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