Madera cell phone robbery suspects arrested in Modesto

MADERA, Calif. - With help from the Modesto Police Department, Madera Police were able to locate and arrest suspects tied to an armed robbery at a Cricket Wireless store on Thrusday. Police say the two suspects are possibly tied to other robberies around the Central Valley.

Alma Alvizar has been working at the Cricket Wireless at 1108 N. D St., in Madera for a year. She never thought something like the robbery would ever happen at a place where she worked.

"I immediately just started to worry. I wanted to make sure all of my co-workers were ok," said Alvizar.

Surveillance video shows the Tuesday robbery from start to finish. A man was talking with two Cricket employees when he pulled out a gun from his waistband and motioned both employees to the back of the store. He made off with several cell phones.

Police have identified the man as Jubenal Mendoza. With the help of Modesto Police, Mendoza and another suspect, Gilbert Giron, were arrested in Modesto Friday night. Both live there.

Cpl. Mark Adams has been with the Madera Police Department for nearly a decade. He said it's not new for out of towners to take advantage of his community.

"It's a way to avoid detection and apprehension from law enforcement," said Adams.

Adams said the investigation into Mendoza and Giron has shown the two are possibly linked to other robberies in other Central Valley cities.

But as police investigate other potential victims, Alvizar is glad her co-workers' case is closed.

"When we heard that he was caught it really brought a sense of calm," she said.

So far, authorities have only been able to link Mendoza to a robbery in Modesto.

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