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Police have the name of one of two men believed to have pulled off the theft of cash from an AM/PM gas island pay terminal.

The theft occurred at 5:05 a.m. on Saturday at the AM/PM Mini mart at the corner of Service and Mitchell roads.

A surveillance video revealed that one man pulled up to the gas island in a gray 1999 Chevy pickup to block the view of the pay terminal from the clerk. He went inside where he distracted the clerk with conversation. The video shows another man driving up in a red Ford Escort, stepping out with a cordless drill to drill out the lock of the cash box. He is seen pulling out the box and driving off, committing grand theft.

Police had no suspects until later that day when a call came in at 9:05 a.m. from a woman who said two men were having an argument in the Walmart parking lot. By the time police arrived, both parties were gone. However, the woman who was involved was contacted a short time later at Hatch and Herndon roads by a California Highway Patrol officer who saw a red Ford Escort stalled in the roadway. She happened to be the woman who called from Walmart. The woman identified the driver of the Chevy pickup in the AM/PM job as her boyfriend, Kenneth Davis, 33, of Keyes. There is now a warrant for his arrest.

The red Ford Escort proved to be a stolen vehicle.

The second suspect, who drilled out the box, has yet to be identified.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Ceres Police Detective Carlos Quiroz at 538-5638.