Crime

Suspect in Paso Robles gas station robbery is arrested

UPDATE 7:08 p.m.: Police have identified the man who robbed a Paso Robles gas station this weekend as Charles Donald Wheeler, 51, of Paso Robles. 

Wheeler was arrested Monday in Fresno after surrendering to the Fresno Police Department, who turned him over to Paso Robles police detectives. They transported Wheeler back to San Luis Obispo County, where he was booked at County Jail on a single count of robbery.

Original story: Police are requesting the public’s assistance in finding a man who robbed a Paso Robles gas station Sunday morning before driving off on a motorcycle.

At approximately 10:20 a.m. Sunday, the Paso Robles Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at Eagle Energy Gas Station at 2400 Golden Hill Road.

Officers determined a white male adult, approximately 50 years old, had robbed the on-duty cashier of money from the register. No weapons were displayed or simulated during the robbery, and no one was injured.

The cashier described the robber as having a grey goatee, and wearing a black “rag,” which covered his hair, a red shirt, blue jeans, and a pair of dark sunglasses.

The robber rode away on a Harley-Davidson-style motorcycle.

The Paso Robles Police Department can receive anonymous tips at the Crime Stoppers’ 24-hour hotline at 549-STOP. People can also text “SLOTIPS” plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

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