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Robbery suspect caught with cash and BB gun
Israel Delahoya
Israel Delahoya

A Ceres man has been arrested on allegations he committed an armed robbery of a Turlock convenience store.

The suspect, identified as Israel Delahoya, 19, was apprehended in the area of the robbery, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.

The incident was reported shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday at Matty’s Market at 700 W. Main St. An employee at the store contacted the police department and said the store had just been robbed by a subject armed with a handgun.

The suspect had entered the store and demanded the money from the register. He took the cash and fled the area on foot, Holeman said.

Officers quickly arrived at the scene and developed a lead from witnesses in the area.

“With the assistance of witnesses, we were able to locate a possible suspect vehicle left running and parked nearby,” Holeman said.

Officers began searching the neighborhood and came across Delahoya, who matched the description of the robber.

Delahoya was positively identified as the suspected robber by the victim and taken into custody. Officers also located the stolen money and a BB gun, which had been used in the robbery, Holeman said.

Delahoya was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on a charge of robbery.