Originally created 09/07/02

Man wearing cooler holds up store



A Martinez man who police say tried to rob a convenience store Friday morning with a cooler on his head is instead cooling his heels in jail.

Michael Steven Pavlich, 48, of the 4400 block of Pierwood Way, was arrested and charged with criminal attempted armed robbery shortly after police said he tried to rob the Circle K store at 216 Furys Ferry Road about 8:30 a.m., according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Deputies said Mr. Pavlich entered the store and took a plastic foam cooler, punched a hole in it so he could see, placed it on his head and approached the counter. The clerk said she heard him say something but could not make out the words because of the cooler.

A witness told police a man came around the counter and said something that sounded like "everybody get your hands up." When he saw that the man was armed with only a pellet pistol, he took it from him and pushed him out of the store, the report stated.

The man got into a white Honda being driven by a woman, but the witness and the clerk were able to get a tag number and description of the car and report them to the Sheriff's Department. Deputies stopped the vehicle a few miles from the store at North Belair Road and Dogwood Way in Columbia County near the woman's residence.

Police took both into custody but did not arrest the woman after determining she did not know that the man had tried to rob the store, according to Maj. Ken Autrey.

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