Would-be Petaluma liquor store robber caught on tape, arrested
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 10:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 10:15 a.m.
A would-be Petaluma liquor store robber who wielded a knife took a taxi from the crime scene and was identified from surveillance tapes, reported Petaluma police.
Suspect Robert W. Tucker, 57, of Petaluma remained in custody Tuesday morning in the Sonoma County Jail.
Police detectives believe Tucker went into Charlie's Liquors on Petaluma Boulevard South Friday evening, armed with a knife, reported Lt. Tim Lyons.
A clerk told police a man came in and said he was going to rob the store. The man carried a knife and threatened to stab the clerk, said police.
The clerk told the man to leave and he did, taking nothing, said Lyons.
But he was seen leaving in a taxi and officers contacted Tucker. He denied being at the store, but surveillance video showed it was him.
Officers also found a knife at the home that matched the one believed to have been used at the store, Lyons said.
Tucker appeared to be intoxicated, Lyons said.
He was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and brandishing a weapon.
His bail was set at $30,000.
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