2nd time is a charm for Fresno robbery suspect

FRESNO, Calif.

Authorities said the suspect wore gloves and kept his right hand in his front pants pocket the entire time he was inside the store. The subject posed as a customer making a food purchase, and investigators say while he was at the front counter he made several failed attempts to pull a handgun from his pants pocket.

When it became apparent to the store clerk that the suspect was not able to draw his handgun, he completed the transaction by paying for the food item and then left the store on foot last seen heading northbound on Blackstone Avenue.

Authorities said three and a half hours later, the same suspect returned to the store, this time carrying a handgun. The store clerk recognized the suspect from the earlier visit and told him he was going to get caught. The suspect demanded money from the register.

The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money and was last seen walking northbound on Blackstone Avenue.

Authorities said the suspect is a white male adult, early 20's, skinny build and wearing skateboarder style clothing and accessories. The suspect is right handed, and there is a strong possibility that he lives or frequents the Blackstone and McKinley neighborhood.

Anyone with information about the identity of the unidentified robber is encouraged to call Robbery Detective Brandi Phebus at 621-2427, or if they wish to remain anonymous, can call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP. There is a reward of up to $1,000 in cash offered for information leading to an arrest.

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