Metro PCS robbed; downtown businesses irate
by Elias Funez
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Patterson's downtown Metro PCS locations was robbed in broad daylight Friday afternoon July 25 despite being right across the street from the Patterson Police Services Stanislaus County Sheriffs substation in an act that downtown business owners are calling a 'brazen' act of defiance.
Patterson's downtown Metro PCS locations was robbed in broad daylight Friday afternoon July 25 despite being right across the street from the Patterson Police Services Stanislaus County Sheriffs substation in an act that downtown business owners are calling a 'brazen' act of defiance.
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Patterson seems to have a serial commercial robbery artist in its midst, and local merchants are getting fed up over the robbery spree that appears to be occurring on a weekly basis.

Downtown Patterson’s Metro PCS store was robbed Friday afternoon at approximately 5:20 p.m. on the 20 block of South Del Puerto Avenue. The unknown male subject fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the sampling of the police log provided to the Irrigator.

Friday afternoon’s downtown robbery hit a sour note amongst local merchants, considering that the incident occurred in broad daylight and directly across the street from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Patterson Police Services substation.

“I think it was pretty brazen considering it’s right across from the Sheriffs,” Blue Floral owner Letty Lopez said of Friday’s robbery of the Metro PCS location.

“You can’t get more brazen than that,” said Lopez.

Lopez’ downtown storefront shares a wall with the Metro PCS location, and despite being located near the Sheriff’s substation, she feels her storefront is vulnerable.

“It’s a scary time,” said Lopez. “You don’t know when you’re going to be next.”

Other downtown business owners are ready to take matters into their own hands if need be, including South Third Street’s Village Yarn owner Samantha Taylor, whose cash register was stolen six months ago.

“If there was an issue, I wouldn’t call 911,” said Taylor. “The [Sheriffs] are worse than useless.”

Blues Café owner Rick Barron foresees the problem mounting with someone getting hurt.

“Eventually someone’s going to get shot, and it will probably be some innocent person,” said Barron.

Barron, however, has brainstormed some solutions to the problem. “There needs to be some kind of reward, maybe the Chamber of Commerce needs to furnish a reward, because [the perpetrators] will squeal on each other,” said Barron from inside his shop Tuesday afternoon.

“If it doesn’t get fixed, it will get worse,” added Barron.

Reported commercial robberies within the past two months include: Dollar Tree, June 4; Papa Murphy’s, June 7; McDonald’s, June 11; Wells Fargo, June 19; CVS Pharmacy, July 14; and most recently the Metro PCS store, July 25.

Repeated requests to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and members of the Patterson Police Services regarding the reported descriptions of the assailant(s) for additional information were not returned as of press time.

UPDATE: The Patterson Irrigator received the following information from Stanislaus County Sheriffs' Public Information Officer Keith Rakoncza Wednesday morning.

A black male adult, unknown age, entered the store and simulated a weapon. He fled on foot after obtaining an unknown amount of cash. Patrol and Detectives were immediately on scene, but the suspect was gone upon their arrival. If anyone has information, contact Detective Andriese at the Patterson Substation 892-5071.

Elias Funez can be reached at 209-892-6187 ext: 31 or elias@pattersonirrigator.com.
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