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Auburn Police seek help in armed robbery

Auburn Police officers are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, less than a month after a similar robbery. A Grass Valley man has been arrested in the earlier incident and is set to appear in court Thursday.

At about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, a clerk at a convenience store in the area of Auburn Ravine Road and Mikkelsen Drive was robbed at gunpoint, but the suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers. Since the robbery, the Auburn Police Department has obtained security video of the incident.

The department has released video clips and still photos of the suspect entering and leaving the business. The suspect was described as being an adult white man with a medium build, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall. The suspect was described as wearing a blue and grey knit poncho, black athletic pants, black and red gloves and a dark face mask.

The Auburn Police Department is asking that anyone who might have information as to the identity of the suspect call the Investigations Division at 530-823-4237, ext. 207.

A Grass Valley man was arrested Feb. 26 in connection with an armed robbery of an Auburn gas station and market Feb. 7.

Auburn Gas & Food at 1110 High St. allegedly was robbed by Jeremiah Navratil, who brandished a gun at a clerk and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Navratil allegedly was identified through witness statements and through physical evidence directly connected to the crime and was arrested at a residence in the 1400 block of Segsworth Way in Grass Valley.

Items allegedly associated with the robbery were seized during the arrest; the gun allegedly also has been recovered.

Navratil, 24, was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and committing a felony while out on bail and was being held without bail. He is set to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Thursday in Placer County Superior Court.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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The Union Updated Mar 5, 2013 01:00AM Published Mar 12, 2013 11:50PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.