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Man arrested following robbery at Atascadero convenience store

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Posted at 1:21 PM, May 17, 2023

A man was arrested Wednesday morning after a robbery at an Atascadero convenience store.

Police were called to the Circle K on the 6900 block of Morro Rd. at 5:51 a.m. for a reported robbery.

A clerk at the store told officers that a man wearing a blond curly wig showed her a gun and demanded all the money from the cash drawer.

Police say the clerk gave the man the cash and he fled the store, threatening to shoot her if she called the police.

After receiving a description of the man from the clerk, and reviewing surveillance video, officers say they were able to identify the suspect as Anthony Thomas, 21, of Atascadero.

Police arrested Thomas, who they say admitted to committing the robbery.

The stolen money was found in a hole in the ground where Thomas reportedly buried it.

Thomas was booked at the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of robbery, brandishing a firearm, criminal threats, possession of a controlled substance, and committing a crime while out on bail.