Alameda Police Arrest Arco Robbery Suspect

Alameda Police Arrest Arco Robbery Suspect


Alameda police officers arrested a man who is alleged to have robbed the Arco AM/PM on Park Street Tuesday, Aug. 14. 

The incident took place that morning, according to the Alameda Police Department Facebook page. Patrol officers responded to the gas station convenience store at 1260 Park St. after receiving a call of a robbery, according to the post. The call came in just after 9:30 a.m. The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Leo David Smith, reportedly grabbed a drink from the store’s refrigerator, placed it on the check-out counter and pretended he wanted to purchase the item. Once the cashier opened the register, Smith went behind the counter, pushed the cashier aside and removed cash from the register. Smith then fled southbound along Park Street on foot, according to police reports. The amount of cash he took was not disclosed.

Officers were not able to locate Smith initially but worked several leads to collect evidence and witness statements. Investigators from the Violent Crimes Unit picked up the case immediately, reviewed the evidence and statements and started working on leads. 

By mid-afternoon, Smith, a parolee, was identified with the assistance of several outside law enforcement agencies. Smith was eventually arrested at 6:38 p.m. in Oakland, according to the Alameda County Inmate Locator database. Investigators received a confession from Smith, while also obtaining additional evidence.

According to his Inmate Locator profile, Smith is being held at the Glenn Dyer Detention Center. He was charged with second-degree robbery for the incident at the Arco AM/PM. He was already out on parole for previous alleged crimes including voluntary manslaughter. He will hear his plea and revocation of probation hearings at the Davidson Alameda County Courthouse today.