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Witness tips lead to apprehension of strong-arm robbery suspect

Antioch police credit alert witnesses for the arrest of a suspect in a strong-arm robbery Friday afternoon.

Officers called to a robbery report at Costco on Verne Roberts Circle about 2:45 p.m. were told that a man pushed an older woman to the ground and fled to a waiting vehicle with her purse.

Witnesses provided the license plate number of the getaway vehicle, which was located in the 1600 block of Mahogany Way.

Antioch Police Department Based on witness tips, Antioch, Calif. police arrested a suspect who later confessed to pushing down a woman and stealing her purse at a Costco on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.

A suspect was contacted and was “determined to be on probation with a condition permitting officers to search his residence without a warrant.”

A search of the home turned up the purse, with all its contents — including cash and credit cards — intact.

Video of the robbery was captured on store surveillance cameras and resulted in a confession by the suspect, who was taken to the county jail, police said.

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