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On August 11, 2019, at approximately 11:35 p.m., the Police dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a shoplifting in progress from Safeway located at 525 El Camino Real. It was reported that during the theft, store employees confronted the suspect who then threatened them with a knife. The suspect, who was described as a Hispanic male wearing a green sweatshirt and white pants, fled on foot.
Officers arrived in the area and located a subject matching the description of the suspect, who fled the area on foot through the parking lot of 800 El Camino Real. He was contacted by the officers and taken into custody without incident. Officers searched the area where the suspect was located and discovered a knife that he discarded. All of the property that was stolen from the store was located in his possession and was returned to Safeway. The suspect arrested, Alberto Gonzalez (12/23/90), was ultimately processed and booked into the San Mateo County Jail for Armed Robbery (212.5(c) PC) as well as Bringing Narcotics into a Jail Facility (4573 PC).
The Police Department asks anyone who might have information regarding this case and/or who witnessed this incident, to call detectives at 650-330-6300 or the Anonymous Tip Hotline at 650-330-6395.