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Thirsty Thief Gets Greedy; Nabbed Minutes After Holdup

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FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

A fruit drink turns out to be the undoing for an accused serial armed robber.  The thief tried to walk out of a Fresno liquor store without paying and then he got greedy.

Just after ten Wednesday morning a thirsty thief walked into MGA Liquor store in northeast Fresno.  The clerk at the counter said the robber grabbed a fruit drink and started to walk out.   The clerk said, "Hey you have to pay."   The robber replied, "Oh you want money?"   He then pulled out a gun and said, "Give me yours!"

The clerk complied and the thief darted out the door with cash in hand.  The clerk dialed 911 and gave the police dispatcher a good description.  We were very fortunate today there were officers in the area.

The robber was spotted a couple of blocks away. Seconds later he was in custody.  Fresno Police say he is responsible for more than three armed holdups the past week at liquor and convenience stores including a Valero station in Northeast Fresno. So is the case strong enough to keep him in jail?  Fresno Police Sgt. Mike Palomino had this response. "We have a subject in custody, we have him identified in this case and we have a loaded handgun.   With the enhancements now I won't see this guy the rest of my career."

Fresno Police aren't identifying or showing the man in custody until all crime victims get a first look at his mug shot.   

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