* Marcos Madrigal charged with robbery of Home Depot in San Leandro

Published by on August 10, 2011

A Home Depot employee in San Leandro who allegedly robbed the store and attacked his coworker in June was charged by the Alameda County District Attorney last week. Marcos Madrigal, 25, was charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon on Friday, Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said. Madrigal, who was working at the Home Depot at 1933 Davis St., allegedly broke into the store on June 12 around 2:30 a.m., hid and waited for a coworker to arrive, San Leandro police Lt. Jeff Tudor said.

As the store employee prepped the store for business and started to put cash into the registers, a masked man approached the victim from behind and struck the employee with a metal club on the back of the legs. The robber took the cash and ran away, and the victim suffered minor injuries, he said. San Leandro police detectives recovered evidence from the crime scene that linked Madrigal, who had worked for the Home Depot for three years, to the robbery, Tudor said.

Madrigal was working at the store on Aug. 3 when officers approached him and later arrested him. Tudor said that “inside jobs” by employees are not uncommon because they are “familiar with how cash or how money works.” “They know when the money is being brought in and when it’s being deposited,” he said. But to injure a coworker during the theft is “a little bit disturbing,” Tudor said. A Home Depot representative declined to comment on the case. Madrigal is scheduled to enter a plea on Aug. 19 at the Hall of Justice at 24405 Amador St. in Hayward.

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