An Olive Avenue clothing store was robbed by a man with a gun just before noon on Friday, Merced police said.
According to police, Alexander Lombard, 19, of Merced, attempted to take T-shirts from Fashion T at 1111 W. Olive Ave., but when he was confronted by employees, he told them to back off and revealed a gun tucked into his waistband. Sgt. Curt Gorman later found Lombard, who employees identified as the suspect. A subsequent search revealed a plastic replica handgun and two stolen T-shirts. Lombard was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and booked into Merced County Jail. Anyone with information may call the police department at (209) 388-4707 or (209) 385-4702, or the police department's anonymous tip line at (209) 385-4725.
-- Posted by Brandon Bowers