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Man arrested for robbery of downtown convenience store

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Police say a local man was arrested after robbing a downtown convenience store.

On Sunday, Jul. 26, 2020, around 8:15 p.m. the accused male approached the front cash area of a downtown convenience store with merchandise to purchase, according to police. The victim, an employee of the store, rang up the purchase and told the accused the amount owing for the merchandise.

According to police, the accused male became agitated and irate, and indicated he had already given money to the victim for his purchase. After yelling at the victim, the accused briefly left the store. When he returned moments later the accused went around the cash counter, got face to face with the victim, and aggressively demanded his money back. He then threatened the victim, stating he had a knife in his pocket, and demanded the victim empty his pockets. The victim took money from the cash drawer and gave it to the accused who then left the store, police say.

Police arrived on scene and searched the area, but were unable to locate the accused. In the early morning hours of Monday, Jul. 27, 2020, the accused male was located at a downtown parking structure. Police matched the man to the security footage from the convenience store and he was arrested for the robbery. Further investigation revealed that the accused was also breaching the court imposed conditions of his probation order.

Jake Stevens, a 33-year-old local man, was charged with robbery with an offensive weapon and breach of probation.

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