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Martinez PD Chases Down Wal-Mart Robber; Recover Weapon And Cash Tuesday

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Photo: MPD

Martinez Police have a 23-year-old parolee in custody after an attempted armed robbery at the Wal-Mart store in Martinez Tuesday morning.

Photo: MPD
Photo: MPD

Police also recovered a pistol presumably used in the robbery after pursuing the suspect’s car into a dead end and taking the person into custody.

Investigators said police communications received a 911 call from the store at 1021 Arnold Drive at 10:53 a.m. Tuesday, the caller describing a light skinned male with blonde hair and sunglasses brandishing a pistol, demanding money and escaping in a red/black Jeep Wrangler with paper plates.

Pistol. Photo: MPD
Pistol. Photo: MPD

The suspect car was spotted by officers responding to the robbery call and they gave chase when the driver fled on eastbound Highway 4, initiating a short chase that came to an end in the 3900 block of Camino Del Sol – after the driver attempted to drive through cyclone fencing at the end of the street.

Police said the driver, identified as 24-year-old Michael Garcia, threw a pistol out of the car before he was taken into custody, according to police, and that weapon was recovered along with a “large sum” of cash, though the exact amount isn’t being released at this time.

Garcia was booked into county jail for robbery, evading, parole violation, and other gun-related charges. Garcia is also believed to have been responsible for at least one other robbery of a Wal-Mart in Tracy, according to police.

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