Beer thief battles store clerks before fleeing Selma market

Detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a man who they say fought a store clerk in Selma after he walked away with unpaid beer.

Cody Mathers, 19, is wanted for the robbery that took place on May 31 around 6:30 p.m. at Lee’s Market at 14942 S. Highland Ave. in Selma.

The Sheriff’s office said Mathers walked out of the store with two 12-packs of Corona beer and then tossed the beer into a waiting pickup.

As Mathers tossed the stolen beer in the bed of a tan-colored 2003 Chevrolet Silverado extended cab pickup, two store clerks jumped over a counter to chase him.

The clerks chased Mathers through the parking lot before one of them managed to grab him and throw him to the ground. But Mathers got back up and managed to dive into the pickup through an open passenger side window.

Other store employees and customers tried holding onto Mathers but he managed to get away.

The fight left a store clerk with an injury to his hand that the sheriff’s office believes was caused by a sharp object Mathers used.

The driver of the getaway pickup is described as a Hispanic male, clean shaven with black hair and approximately 5 feet 10 inch tall, weighing 200 pounds, the sheriff’s office said.

Mathers is believed to be staying in the Dinuba and Fresno areas.

Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado: 559-441-6304, @cres_guez