The manager of the Bonfare market told NBC Bay Area that two masked men went into his store about 2 a.m., stole cash and a beer before taking off. That car ended up crashing along Highway 4 in Antioch. Christie Smith reports.
A convenience store robbery in Antioch started a wild night that ended with fiery car crash off Highway 4 on Friday morning.
A store manager at Bonfare Market near 10th and K streets said that before closing time around 2 a.m., two masked men walked into the store, and one was armed with a gun.
The men then took about $300, a large bottle of Hennessy and a bucket of change, the manager said. He added that the robbers asked for the safe, but the store did not have one.
Witnesses told NBC Bay Area that police had been in the area because there had been similar robberies recently. An officer may have spotted a car that looked similar to one used in a previous robbery.
Police followed the car and about a mile and a half away when the the driver crashed into a fence of a parking lot and flew into the air crashing into a retaining wall. The car burst into flames, captured on video.
The witnesses said one person from the car took off on foot and police later confirmed that one man had been arrested in the case. His name was not immediately released.
The manager said that he turned over video taken from 16 security cameras to police.