PD: Man robs Tempe store, threatens manager with knife

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tempe police arrested a man who allegedly robbed a pet food store and threatened the manager with a knife as he made his getaway.

Darrell Clinton, 39, faces one count of armed robbery, one count of burglary and one count of aggravated assault with a knife.

Police said Clinton walked into the Pet Club at Southern and Mill avenues on Friday and asked the store manager to show him different dog foods. After they walked down an aisle, Clinton returned to the front cash register and took a bank deposit bag.

The manager witnessed the incident and approached Clinton in the parking lot where he demanded the return of the bag. Police said Clinton pulled out a knife and threatened the manager with it then fled in a car.

The manager got a general description of the vehicle, which he gave to police. A civilian employee assigned to the traffic unit was driving in the area on an unrelated matter and noticed a vehicle that matched the description headed southbound on Rural Road. He obtained the Arizona license plate and relayed the information.

Officers drove to a location in Mesa where this vehicle was known to be in the past and eventually located Clinton with the stolen money.