FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. - The Fresno County Sheriff's Office is looking for four suspects who stole beer from a local convenience store. The suspects pulled a gun on a customer who tried to stop them.
It happened on the corner of Chestnut and Central Avenues, near Malaga, on March 11.
The owner said he can't believe these guys would stoop so low as to pull a gun on somebody, just to steal a few 12-packs of beer.
"This is the first time someone's brought a gun, just to get a 12-pack," said Paul Kailey, Franchise owner of the ARCO AMPM.
Kailey said you can see the four guys clear as day in his stores surveillance video. He said two of the suspects walked to the back, grabbed two cases of beer, then tried to make their way outside.
"A customer that was there making a purchase, he saw what was going down he quickly ran over and got involved, he tried grabbing both the suspects by the shirts to hold them back," said Tony Botti, Fresno County Sheriff's Office.
"The customer continued to run after them and at that point another person part of this armed robbery crew jumped out with a gun and pointed it at our customer causing him to run the other direction," said Botti.
The Fresno County Sheriff's Office said luckily no one was hurt. However, FCSO says beer runs like this are a growing problem among young people, turning a petty act into violence.
FCSO said it's not worth threatening someone else's life, Kailey agrees.
"It's pretty bad that we are living in a time where people don't have value for life," said Kailey.
Kailey says safety is key for his employees. He said his store has the best surveillance equipment on hand and he has small groups of two to three employees working during any shift. Kailey said he's still thankful to the good samaritan for stepping in.
"He put himself on the line for us, for my employees, there's not that many people that would do that," said Kailey.
No arrests have been made, and detectives have not identified any of the suspects.
Below are descriptions of the four suspects.
- He is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-6, thin, and approximately 16 to 18 years old. He has a dark mark under his left eye, which is possibly a mole, tattoo or piercing. He wore a black sweatshirt.
- He is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-5, thin, and approximately 16 to 18 years old. He wore a red Fresno State sweatshirt.
- He is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-6, stocky build, and he's in his late teens or early 20s. He wore a red sweatshirt and is alleged to have brandished a gun.
- He is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-7, thin, and he's approximately 16 to 18 years old. He wore a black sweatshirt.
Anyone with information on this case should call Sheriff’s detective Floyd Avila at (559) 600-8060 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.