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Worker’s boyfriend allegedly robs store

Deputies say 22-year-old roughed up girlfriend and took her car keys, shop’s cash at Do-It-Center

Posted: September 16, 2009 10:07 p.m.
Updated: September 17, 2009 6:00 a.m.
 
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Newhall man Wednesday morning after he allegedly attacked and robbed his girlfriend at a Valencia hardware store where she worked, authorities said.

Joseph Do, 22, was arrested on suspicion of strong-arm robbery, burglary and domestic violence battery at about 9:30 a.m. after deputies pulled him over as he drove away from Do-It Center on Valencia Boulevard with $640 in cash that belonged to the store, sheriff’s Lt. Mark Hershey said.

About 9:05 a.m., Do walked into the store and began arguing with his girlfriend, a store employee who was counting money next to a register at the time, Hershey said.

He then allegedly pushed his girlfriend into a chair, grabbed the money next to the register and reached and snatched her car keys from her before leaving in his own car, Hershey said.

Responding deputies spotted Do’s vehicle, a white Honda Civic, as he drove away from the Do-It Center and pulled him over a few blocks away from the store, Hershey said.

The man told deputies he stole the money but changed his mind and was going to return it, Hershey said.

Do was being held at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in lieu of $50,000 bail.

He is scheduled for a court appearance at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Clarita.

The incident comes a day after the State Senate blocked a bill that would have provided funding to domestic violence shelters statewide, forcing the SCV’s Domestic Violence Center to plan for relocation and program and staffing cuts.

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