Petty theft upgraded to robbery after thieves strike employee with vehicle Sunday evening

On Sunday, September 26th, 2021, at 6:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported robbery that had just occurred at Smart & Final Extra!, 651 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they met with the victim who told them that three black female adults had stolen merchandise from the store and struck him with their vehicle while attempting to flee.

Other officers checked the area for the vehicle and three suspects, but were unable to locate them.

American Medical Response checked out the victim who suffered minor injuries, but refused to be transported to the hospital.

When the suspects left the store with the merchandise that they didn’t pay for, they committed petty theft, a misdemeanor, but when they struck the employee with their vehicle in the process, they upgraded it to robbery, a felony.

The investigation remains on-going.

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