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Suspect in armed robbery apprehended

The Turlock Police Department arrested a woman Thursday morning who is suspected of robbing a local business at gunpoint on Tuesday.

The suspect was identified by the police department as April Breann Croy, 32, of Turlock.

The robbery was reported just after 11 a.m. Tuesday at a business in the 1600 block of Lander Avenue.

An employee at the business said a white woman, with a thin build and wearing a mask, robbed them at gunpoint before fleeing in a gold-colored sports utility vehicle.

Officers responded to the business and were able to locate surveillance footage of the SUV and its license plate. With this information, a broadcast of the vehicle was released to surrounding law enforcement partners and a short time later, the vehicle was spotted in Ceres by a Stanislaus County Sheriff deputy and was stopped. 

Turlock Police detectives responded to the traffic stop and were able to speak with the driver of the SUV.

“During this interview, more information involving the crime was learned, which led to detectives obtaining a search warrant,” said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Turlock Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics team served the search warrant in the 2600 block of Rose Avenue in Ceres. Multiple people were detained and questioned, which led to additional information about the identity and whereabouts of the robbery suspect. 

With the new information, Turlock Police detectives were able to locate Croy around 10 a.m. Thursday in the 100 block of N. Tully Road.

As a result of an interview with Croy, the location of the firearm used in the crime was discovered and the firearm was later seized, Parmley said. 

Croy was arrested and booked, without incident, at the Stanislaus County Jail on robbery charges. 

“I appreciate all of the hard work and determination our staff commits to solving these types of violent crimes,” said Turlock Police Capt. Steve Rodrigues. “The time and energy they dedicate to these investigations is done with efforts to hold criminals accountable and to keep our community safe. I would also like to thank all of our law enforcement partners who assisted with this investigation.”
Turlock Police Department staff ask that anyone with information regarding this investigation to call Detective Nathan Urban at (209) 668-6571.  You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at