Police: A man arrested after a robbery in a bicycle shop | New

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Palo Alto police arrested a man they believe threatened a Cardinal Bike Shop employee and walked out with cash on Friday afternoon.

The man, a 23-year-old Healdsburg resident, reportedly walked into the bike shop at 1955 El Camino Real shortly before 2:40 p.m. and told staff he wanted to sell a used e-bike. When store employees told him they didn’t want to buy it, the man searched his backpack, pretended to have a gun, threatened violence and demanded money from an employee, a man in his 40s, according to a press release. from the Palo Alto Police Department.

The employee gave the man some money from the till and the man left the store, leaving the e-bike behind.

Palo Alto police received a call about the robbery in progress and arrived on the scene within three minutes of the incident, according to the news release. They arrested the man as he was about to leave in his vehicle.

Police took the man to the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of robbery and felony threats, both of which are felonies, police say. Officers found no weapons on the man or inside his vehicle, a 2009 Lexus.