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Pair of suspects arrested after San Rafael Home Depot armed robbery


Police in San Rafael on Thursday arrested two suspects in connection with an armed robbery earlier this month at a Home Depot.

Gerald Hood, 37, of San Pablo, and Thomas Garcia Rodriguez, 22, of Richmond, were arrested on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to the San Rafael Police Department.

On Feb. 2 at 8:15 p.m. two suspects entered the Home Depot at 111 Shoreline Parkway just before the store closed.

Police said the one of the suspects, armed with a handgun, approached the cashier and demanded money from the cash registers.

The suspects then fled the store, got into a waiting black Dodge Charger and drove away.

Police were able to determine Hood was one of the suspects in the robbery, and he was taken into custody Thursday at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Oakland.

Investigators were also able to obtain a search warrant for Hood’s home in San Pablo and found evidence related to the robbery, police said.

Investigators learned a subject in a black Dodge Charger that matched the description of the vehicle involved in the robbery dropped off Hood at the federal building.

Police located the vehicle, which was driven by Rodriguez, he was taken into custody, and the vehicle was impounded for evidence.

Police said one suspect in the robbery is still outstanding.

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