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Sandwich shop robbery suspect arrested
Great police work led to the arrest of a South Modesto man who allegedly committed the armed robberies of two sandwich shops and a shoe store in Ceres Sept. 7-14.

With the aid of a description and photos taken by store video surveillance equipment, police were able to track down Adam Macris, 28, of South Modesto, and charge him with three robberies.

Evidence found inside Macris' Lassen Avenue home links him to the three separate crimes, said Ceres Police Division Commander Mike Borges. Police also confiscated a black gun believed to be the one produced during the robberies. The gun turned out to be a B-B or pellet gun which had been described by victims as a semi-automatic handgun.

"Most of the times they take off the orange tips and they look very, very real," said Borges. "It's still a weapon."

Macris has been charged with three counts of armed robbery.

The first robbery occurred at the Whitmore Avenue Quizno's shop. Employees said that a man walked into the shop at 5:50 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 and demanded money. Police said that the employees were fearful and asked the robber not to shoot them, to which he allegedly replied, "I'm sorry, just give me the money."

The Subway shop on Mitchell Road was robbed at 7:16 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The robber, wearing black sunglasses, a white shirt, and a black hat, walked up to register and then pulled a gun from his waistband. He demanded money, saying, "You have 15 seconds to give me everything."

The clerks followed turned over cash and then the robber fled from the store.

A video image of Macris taken by a Subway surveillance camera helped identify him, said Borges.

The suspect was described as either white or Hispanic and in his 30s.

On Sept. 13, Ceres Police detective Keith Griebel spotted a man in the Big 5 area on Hatch Road and tried to make contact with the suspect but lost him due to heavy traffic. Griebel was able to take down Macris' vehicle license number and get a good description before losing him.

Griebel showed up at Macris' South Modesto residence but he was not found.

At noon the next day, Payless Shoe Source employees in the 1400 block of Hatch Road reported a robbery. The suspect left in a vehicle that matched the description of the one obtained by Griebel.

The Sheriff's Department helped to find Macris' vehicle in the area where Macris was living. Ceres police went in to make an arrest.

"He did an excellent job," said Borges. "He was able to put information together and obtain a search warrant."