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Catawba County sheriff's deputies arrested a man after he allegedly stole money from a cash register, while trying to buy a drink.
Tyler Bowman, 25, of Conover, approached the counter at Lake Lookout Market on Oxford School Road at about 2 p.m. Monday. Capt. Joel Fish said Bowman was attempting to pay for a drink. When the cashier rung up the sale and opened the register, Fish said Bowman stuck his hand in the cash register drawer.
"The clerk wrestled with him while he was trying to get the money," Fish said.
Bowman left the store with a small amount of money, and the clerk chased him outside of the store.
Fish said as Bowman was leaving the store in a red 2006 Chevrolet Colorado, two witnesses were walking to the store and recognized him.
With the help of the witnesses, sheriff's deputies were able to locate Bowman.
Bowman was later arrested at his Conover home at 3:25 p.m. Monday.
He is charged with common law robbery and is in Catawba County jail under a $5,000 bond.