By Norb Garrett
A man who robbed the San Clemente Wal-Mart store just after it opened Tuesday morning fled on foot moments before police arrived and was at large as of Wednesday, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino. The gunman-a white male approximately 35-40 years old standing around 6-feet, 4-inches tall-reportedly brandished a pistol during the robbery that occurred at approximately 6:15 a.m. Amormino said investigators are reviewing surveillance tape and are pursuing all angles, including the possibility of the man having inside information.
“It appears he knew where the cash office was,” said Amormino, “and was able to get away with $1,600.”
Orange County Sheriff’s deputies, investigators, helicopters, police dogs and a SWAT team converged on the store at 951 Avenida Pico and cordoned off the area. The store reopened after 1 p.m.
“Residents should report any suspicious activity immediately to 9-1-1,” said San Clemente Police Services spokesman Sgt. Scott Kennedy. “The man should be considered armed and dangerous.”
The search for the robber is ongoing.
Vol. 5, Issue 11, March 18-24, 2010