Man arrested after allegedly stealing watch from clerk at Pismo Beach 7-11

An 18-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of robbery after police said he took personal property from a clerk at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Pismo Beach.

Police said Joseph Young entered the store at 99 S. Dolliver St. about 7:15 a.m. and, while making a purchase, became irate during his interaction with the clerk.

Police said he jumped over the counter and assaulted the clerk when she started to call police for help. Young took the watch off the clerk’s wrist and then fled the scene, police said.

Officers located him within two hours on Five Cities Drive at Fourth Street. He was booked into County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

The watch was later recovered.

-- Cynthia Lambert