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Police release surveillance video of Walgreens armed robbery suspect

El Cerrito police are searching for a man who robbed a Walgreens drug store last week, threatening employees as he forced his way out of the store.

Police responded to a report of a robbery at 2:53 p.m. on June 16 at the store.

Witnesses told officers the suspect entered the story and put about $500 worth of merchandise into a shopping basket and tried to leave without paying.

When security and other store employees confronted the man, he tried to force his way out of the business.

Witnesses said the suspect drew a baton from his waistband — where they also saw a gun — and he threatened employees, who let the suspect go and then called police.

The suspect fled from the store and climbed into a gold-colored Mercedes-Benz driven by someone else. Police describe him as a Black man, about 40 years old, wearing a white baseball cap and a blue shirt.

Police urge anyone with any information about this case to contact Detective Humberto Rivera at (510) 215-4422 or at hrivera@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

El Cerrito police also provided video of the suspect captured on surveillance cameras:

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