Kingsburg Convenience Store Employees Help Catch Suspect Who Robbed Store Week Before, Police Say


KINGSBURG, Calif. —  Convenience store employees fight back after a suspect who robbed their store one time before returns.

It happened at the AMPM store in Kingsburg on Sierra Street. Employees and patrons recognized the man and locked him in the store before police could arrive.     

Surveillance video shows a man walk into Kingsburg’s AMPM on Sunday. 

While he is shopping around an employee notices something about him she thinks she has seen before. 

“She recognized him by the tattoos on his hands and pointed that out to coworkers,” Lee Forlines, Kingsburg Police Detective. 

She recognized them because police say the suspect, 26 year old Tyler Wood robbed the same AMPM store on Sunday November 25th.

Wearing a mask and armed with a hand gun, he made out with cash and other items before getting away. 

This time he is back without the mask. The employee is seen here pointing to her hand trying to alert her coworkers to look at his tattoos too. 

When they realize it is the same robber from before an employee blocks the door so he can’t leave…

“She took it upon herself to prevent the suspect from leaving the store and with help of patrons able to keep it there,” said Detective Forlines. 

Patrons also join in and stand by the door while an employee locks it. Wood then walks away from the door and takes a seat before police arrive and arrest him. 

Now police are commending the employee who helped them get a dangerous criminal off the streets. 

“It was super brave on her part to stand and face a person who once stuck a gun in her face.”

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