Heavy-handed clerk foils armed robber | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Heavy-handed clerk foils armed robber

A Monterey County man was arrested Sunday on armed robbery charges after he robbed a gift shop in the Crescent V shopping center in South Lake Tahoe.

Police arrested Paul Charles Groll, 52, at the Tahoe Manor Motel when he matched the description of the man who robbed the Shirts West store at about 3:30 p.m.

The store clerk told police a man about 50-years-old approached the counter, pulled a knife from his pocket and demanded money. As the clerk handed over the cash, the man told her to get into the back room.

“The clerk got nervous at this point and when he became distracted by people making noise outside of the store, she cold-clocked him in the head with a display rack,” said Sgt. Steve O’Brien of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. “He dropped the money and his eye glasses but was able to pick up a few dollars before he ran out of the store.”

Witnesses followed him to the Tahoe Manor Motel, where he was arrested in the parking lot.

Police said Groll was taken in for questioning, where he admitted to the robbery. He was booked in El Dorado County jail on felony armed robbery charges. Arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday.

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