7-Eleven robbery suspect arrested
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Oct 12, 2012 | 6199 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police believe a 28-year-old man arrested after an alleged shoplifting at Home Depot on Naglee Road on Wednesday, Oct. 10, may be linked to the armed robbery of a local convenience store on Oct. 2.

Mathew Cross was arrested at Home Depot at 2461 Naglee Road around 6:36 p.m. Wednesday, after police received a report of a man fighting with store security.

According to police dispatch records, Cross was fighting with a security officer outside Home Depot after he allegedly tried to take unknown items from the store. No weapons were reportedly involved.

Police couldn’t be reached Friday regarding what he allegedly stole or what alerted him to security officials.

Det. Robert Brandi said on Thursday, Oct. 11, that the police investigation led officers to believe Cross could be the same man who allegedly robbed the 7-Eleven at 2360 W. Grant Line Road earlier in the month.

“I believe we have enough probable cause to believe he is the one responsible for the (armed) robbery,” Brandi said. “There is other evidence linking him to the crime.”

However, Brandi declined to say why police think Cross is connected to the 7-Eleven incident.

According to police, the 7-Eleven robber entered the convenience store around 1:14 a.m. Oct. 2 and asked the clerk for lottery tickets and cigarettes. When the clerk returned with the items, police reported, the man allegedly pulled out a handgun and told the clerk hand over “all of the money.”

The gunman ran out of the store and across the parking lot, police reported.

According to the San Joaquin County Jail website, Cross faces charges of battery, burglary, attempted burglary and two counts of robbery from the two alleged incidents.

He also faces charges from three outstanding warrants for alleged drug paraphernalia possession, failure to appear in court, resisting an officer, possession of burglary tools, vehicle theft and receiving stolen property.

Cross is expected to appear in San Joaquin County Superior Court in Manteca at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Cross was being held in San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp on $313,000 bail as of 4 p.m. Friday.

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