Cloverdale police officers interrupted a robbery in progress Wednesday afternoon and arrested a man suspected of two other recent armed robberies.
About 1:13 p.m., a city resident reported seeing a vehicle that looked like the damaged white 1998 Oldsmobile sedan reported in the media as connected to the Sunday heists of a Lakeport grocery store and the Cloverdale Food Center.
Officers spotted the sedan in the Patriot Gas Station parking lot, at 690 South Cloverdale Blvd., and were moving in to arrest him just as dispatch received a hold-up alarm from inside the station, Chief Stephen Cramer said.
As he exited the station, officers took the man into custody, finding a loaded pellet gun in his waist band and approximately $700 from his jacket sleeve, Cramer said.
Jack Kendrick Owens, 36, of Cloverdale, was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of two counts of felony armed robbery and having an outstanding felony fraud warrant.
His girlfriend was detained and is cooperating in the investigation, Cramer said.
Cramer praised work of his officers and those in Lakeport in “investigating and apprehending this dangerous felon.”
“This apprehension closed out three armed robberies in the last four days,” Cramer said.
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