Detectives say they’ve identified and arrested a suspect in at least two convenience store robberies in Elk Grove. A 21 year-old Elk Grove resident named Jeffrey LaCalle is in custody after authorities say he used a gun to rob the AM/PM on Harbour Point Drive. The suspect allegedly wore a mask and hooded sweatshirt during the robbery. Authorities have yet to say whether or how much money the suspect stole. The suspect is seen on surveillance video holding what appears to be a silver and black handgun, as well as a green skateboard.
LaCalle faces charges of robbery, criminal threats, and probation violation. He was arrested on July 10th. Elk Grove police connected also LaCalle to another armed robbery of the same convenience store occurring on May 18th.
Robbery’s of all kinds in Elk Grove are down year over year, according to the latest crime statistics from Elk Grove Police Department and CrimeReports.com. Overall, the chance of an Elk Grove resident becoming a victim of a violent crime, including armed robbery, is about 1 in 305. According to neighborhoodscout.com, 1 in 223 Californian’s statewide will be the victim of a violent crime. Safety and security experts recommend the following tips for staying safe during a convenience store robbery:
- NEVER try to be the hero. Cooperate and provide exactly what is asked for.
- Always assume that the robber has a weapon, even if one is not visible.
- All weapons or implied weapons should be regarded as real and dangerous.
- Do not make loud noises or sudden movements.
- Make mental notes of their appearance, but do not make eye contact.
- Use pre-established ‘code words’ to signal for employees to notify authorities.
- Discreetly activate the alarm, but only when you can do so safely.
For more info on how to stay safe during a store robbery, visit: http://www.mc.uky.edu/kiprc/programs/face/files/hazalerts/convenience-store-robberies.pdf