For the third time this month, El Centro police are investigating an armed robbery, this time after a man brandishing a knife stole a small amount of cash from a local cleaners this morning.
The robbery occurred before 7:30 a.m. at Murray Cleaners in the 100 block of Fifth Street in downtown El Centro.
According to El Centro police Lt. Paul Longoria, the business' owner saw a man attempting to break into the cash register.
When the owner attempted to confront him, the man pulled out a knife and made it clear he wanted the owner to take the money out of the register.
With the suspect holding the knife, the owner took the money from the register and handed it to the bandit, who then fled on a bike on Fifth Street.