A suspect who allegedly robbed an AM/PM convenience store while armed with a pair of scissors was arrested Thursday, police confirmed.
Police said they took 39-year-old La Mesa resident Tracy L. Odom into custody. He’s accused of robbing the AM/PM store located at 4925 Spring St. in La Mesa on July 9.
Odom allegedly entered the store around 1:40 a.m. that day wearing a mask and threatened the clerk with a pair of scissors, according to investigators.
Clerk Daniel Sanderson thought the suspect was someone he knew at first and didn’t take him seriously.
“I thought it was a joke,” Sanderson told NBC 7 San Diego right after the robbery.
Odom fled from the store with a metal box containing petty cash.
Police recovered the cash box, mask, a pair of latex gloves and the scissors allegedly used in the crime a short time later.
Police said their investigation eventually traced the items to Odom, who’s a former employee of the La Mesa AM/PM store.
Odom was booked into San Diego Central Jail Thursday and is charged with one count of armed robbery. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Monday.