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Gun-toting, hammer-wielding robbery suspect at large

The Turlock Police Department is looking to nail a suspect who has been robbing stores armed with a handgun and a hammer.

The suspect is believed to have committed three armed robberies of convenience stores over three days.

The first robbery happened at 1 a.m. July 24 in the 100 block of E. Monte Vista Avenue.

The male suspect ran into the store with a gun in one hand and a hammer in the other, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.

The robber ordered the clerk to take the cash out of the registers. The clerk complied and handed the money over to the robber.

“As the male was running out, he dropped the bag of currency, picked it back up and then jumped over the wall that was behind the building,” Parmley said.

The clerk was not injured during this incident.

The next robbery was reported at 4:02 a.m. July 26 and was again in the 100 block of E. Monte Vista Avenue.

The suspect came armed with a hammer and a camouflage gun, Parmley said.

“He took the cash and then fled the area on foot in the same fashion as the prior (time),” Parmley said. “The store clerk was also the same clerk from the prior robbery.”

The most recent robbery was just before midnight on Wednesday in the 4700 block of N. Golden State Boulevard.

Again, the suspect was armed with a hammer and a gun.

“The suspect yelled at the clerk to get his attention and walked behind the counter,” Parmley said. “The suspect eventually left empty handed after the clerk declined to open the register.”

The suspect fled on foot from the business, eastbound on Taylor Road.

The suspect was described as a white male adult wearing a gray hat, black sunglasses, gray scarf, black sweatshirt, orange undershirt, black pants and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about the robberies or the suspect is asked to contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at