Local authorities arrested a Concord man last week on suspicion of robbing a Dublin convenience store, and they believe the 27-year-old could be tied to other hold-ups in the area.
The investigation began around 3:30 a.m. March 7 when Dublin police responded to the 7-Eleven at 11920 Dublin Green Drive where a man came in, made it look like he had a gun and demanded money, according to Capt. Nate Schmidt. The robber, described as a white man in his 20s, stole cash and lottery tickets before fleeing in a silver Pontiac G6.
Police searched the area but couldn't find the robber, so they distributed a photo of the man from the 7-Eleven robbery to nearby law enforcement agencies. That led to San Ramon police helping Dublin police identify their suspect as 27-year-old John Wainscott, according to the captain.
Authorities arrested Wainscott at his Concord home March 8, and after serving a search warrant there, found evidence linking him to the Dublin robbery, Schmidt said. Police believe the Concord man is responsible for "numerous robberies" in the Bay Area, including in San Ramon.
Pleasanton police have not indicated whether they think Wainscott is tied to any unsolved robberies in the city. They did, however, announce last week they are searching for a 6-foot-tall white man for robbing the Chevron station at Hopyard Road and Owens Drive around 2 a.m. Feb. 23. That man was wearing a hoodie and sunglasses and claimed to have a knife.