A 40-year-old Oakland woman was arrested in El Cerrito on Monday after allegedly slapping a gas station clerk and making off with cash from the business, according to police.
Police said the arrest happened after an off-duty police officer noticed an employee at the Chevron gas station at 11319 San Pablo Ave. trying to stop a woman from leaving the station’s pump area.
The woman then slapped the clerk in the face and ran, heading west on Potrero Avenue, police said.
The off-duty officer trailed the woman until police arrived to detain her.
Police said the clerk tried to stop the woman after she grabbed $200 in cash from the gas station counter as it was being counted.
Officers arrested the woman, whose name has not been released, on suspicion of robbery and recovered the stolen cash.
She was taken to county jail in Martinez.
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