Rite Aid robber sought in Merced

Merced police are searching for a man who robbed a Rite Aid in Merced late Tuesday.

The robbery was reported at 9:37 p.m. inside the 3142 G St. store, according to Sgt. Alan Ward.

Ward said the robber entered the store, brandished a small handgun and demanded cash from the clerk. The clerk handed over an undisclosed sum of cash and the robber left the scene.

The robber was described as being a white man in his late 40s to early 50s, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, medium build with long hair, possibly brown in color, tied back in a ponytail, wearing a baseball cap. He was also wearing a white or gray T-shirt, with blue jeans.

Employees also said the robber may have been at the store earlier, before the robbery, Ward said.

Police are asking anyone with information about this crime to call Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702 or the department’s automated tipline at (209) 385-4725. Tips are kept confidential and you can remain anonymous.