Sacto 9-1-1
October 18, 2012
Redding PD: Suspected robber gets shovel handle to head in beef jerky haul

A Shasta County man was hit over the head with a shovel handle before fleeing with beef jerky in mini-mart robbery that went badly for him, according to Redding police.

Police said that they were called at 12:02 a.m. today to a Valero gas station/mini-mart in the Redding. They were provided a description of a robber who had just fled.

A short distance away, officers arrested William James Cree, 25, the suspected robber, and Tana Shannon Tracy, 35, his suspected getaway driver.

Police said that their investigation revealed that Cree entered the mini-mart and began to aggressively order around the store clerk, 44-year-old John Bourdon. Cree, police said, wanted cash, but Bourdon refused to turn over any of the store money.

Cree began to steal merchandise, which prompted Bourdon to order him out of the store, police said. Cree refused, according to a police press release, prompting the store clerk to strike Cree on the head with a shovel handle.

Cree ran from the store to the getaway car and eventually was taken into police custody. His alleged take: some beef jerky.

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