Private security systems help cops catch Top Gas robber

Private security systems help cops catch Top Gas robber
Knife used in robbery of Top Gas on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (Photo credit: San Pablo Police Department)

San Pablo police tracked down and arrested the suspect in a knife-point robbery at Top Gas on Rumrill Boulevard on Thursday, Aug. 6.

Just before 10 a.m., the man entered the store of the gas station 1522 Rumrill Blvd. with a knife demanding money from the register, police said.

The robber fled with more than $500 in cash. Police responded after an attendant activated the silent alarm. Employees provided a detailed description of the suspect. Officers found several private security camera systems affixed to houses and businesses along the flight path of the suspect, and the video evidence “eventually led them right to the suspect’s front door,” police aid.

After obtaining a search warrant, police paid the robber a visit and “located the suspect inside the home, still wearing some of the clothing used during the robbery,” police said.

Officers also found the knife used in the crime during a search.

“Cases like this are not possible without the support and cooperation from our outstanding community,” police said in a statement on social media. “Thank you to the brave community members and gas station employees for teaming up with our officers to get this criminal off our streets.”