A quite strange moment happened in the US on Sunday morning as a man who allegedly robbed a Family Dollar store at gunpoint had his getaway foiled when he realised he locked his keys in his car and then asked for help from police who were called to the scene to investigate the robbery.
David Benny Dunnavan, 19, has been charged with one count of robbery, a third-degree felony, in the incident.
According to a report from the Silver City Police Department, a Family Dollar employee arrived at the store at 7:30 a.m. local time and went in and began running his reports.
He said he got the deposit from the night before to take to the bank and left the store with the deposit bag in his hand and headed to his car. As he was getting in his car, he noticed a man running toward him wearing a black sweater, black pants and black shoes. He said the man’s face was covered and all he could see was his eyes.
The employee added that the man pointed a gun and robbed him of the deposit bag.
Police viewed the surveillance video and saw a subject run up to a silver car in the parking lot and then run away in an eastbound direction.
An officer then went to another store, Albertsons, where he spoke to the manager and asked if he could view surveillance video from 7 that morning. The video did not show anyone matching Dunnavan’s description in the area of Albertsons. But when the officer left the grocery store, he was approached by the suspect himself, who was wearing a black shirt, black pants, and black shoes.
Dunnavan told the officer he had gone jogging and when he returned to his car, noticed he locked his keys and cell phone inside.
Dunnavan told police he arrived at Albertsons at 6 a.m. and ran up the road then turned around and returned about 7:30 a.m. He said he went into Albertsons to call for a locksmith to get his door unlocked but got a voice prompt for an appointment. But when police asked the manager of Albertsons if he noticed any cars in the parking lot when he came to work at 7 a.m., he said no.
The officer on suspicion of Dunnavan’s appearance then viewed the video surveillance from Albertsons at 7:40 a.m. and saw the suspect enter the store at 7:46 a.m. and attempt to enter the men’s restroom but found it occupied. He then entered the ladies room and stayed there for a while, then asked a cashier if he could use a cell phone, and then left the store at 8 a.m.
Clothing matching the description of the suspect was recovered underneath one of the rear wheels of Dunnavan’s car. Although not in the report, Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds said the money bag with the entire contents of the deposit — $1,551.32 — and the gun, which turned out to be a BB gun, were also recovered in that spot.
Dunnavan had his first appearance in Magistrate Court on Monday via video from the Grant County Detention Center.
Dunnavan’s bond was changed from $10,000 cash-only to $10,000 bondable at his hearing, and he remained in the Grant County Detention Center as of Monday evening.