Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of armed robbery in Caruthers

Two teenagers were arrested and booked into juvenile hall for robbing a Dollar General Store in Caruthers on Tuesday.

The 14- and 15-year-old boys entered the store around 4 p.m. wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts and demanded cash from a store clerk, according to a release from the Fresno County Sheriff Office.

One boy had a knife, the other had a gun, which he fired twice into the store’s ceiling. A store employee dialed 911 and deputies responded to the store, where they detailed a third teenager. He was not involved in the robbery and helped detectives identify the suspects.

During the arrests, detectives recovered the stolen cash along with the gun and clothing the suspects used during the robbery.

This robbery is not related to the string of robberies that happened in Caruthers and Laton over the past month, according to the news release.

Detectives in the property crimes unit are still looking for suspect in those six crimes, which happened at different businesses between Nov. 14 and Dec. 3.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office provided the following surveillance video of November 2018 armed robberies in Caruthers and Laton.

Three of those crimes happened within five days last month.

The others include:

A robbery Nov. 29 at the Valero gas station on West Tahoe Avenue. The suspect is 5 feet, 10 inches tall with an average build.

A robbery at Caruthers Market on Sunday when two men with guns took cash, liquor and cigarettes. Both men are described as Hispanic. One is 5 feet, 6 inches and 160 pounds. The other is 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds.

A separate robbery at the Dollar General Store on Tuesday. A man with a beanie and bandana entered the store around 9:30 p.m. and demanded money from an employee. The suspect is Hispanic and 6 feet tall with an average build.

Anyone with information about these cases can contact Detective Eric Penland (559-600-8171, or Detective Lindsay Milchovich (559-600-8174, They may also call Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867.

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