Police: Robber forgets getaway car

CNJ Staff

A 24-year-old Clovis man who left his getaway vehicle behind was arrested Monday and charged with robbing a Prince Street tobacco store, according to a Clovis Police Department press release.

Andrew Dela Cruz was arrested about 20 minutes after witnesses said he entered K.C. Express at 801 N. Prince St. and demanded money, police said.

A store employee told police she thought she saw a gun in the suspect’s waistband when he raised his shirt and threatened to shoot her. She gave the suspect an undisclosed sum of money.

Police said Dela Cruz left a purple Honda with the engine running behind the tobacco shop and fled on foot after a second employee saw him leave the building and gave chase.

Dela Cruz, who police believed returned to the scene to retrieve the car, was stopped in the vehicle a short time later at the corner of Seventh and Sandoval streets.

No gun was recovered, police said. A silver eyeglass container was found in the store that the witness could have mistaken for the gun, police said.

He was being held Wednesday at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on $3,500 bond.