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Police coffee break at doughnut shop leads to robbery arrests, California cops say

The Sacramento Bee — Don Sweeney The Sacramento Bee

Sept. 16-- Sep. 16--Police in California cracked a home-invasion robbery case almost instantaneously early Monday morning, officers say.

The key? A 3 a.m. coffee break in a Donut Nook parking lot, according to a Chico Police Department news release.

Officers drinking coffee noticed a woman drop narcotic paraphernalia on the pavement while getting out of her vehicle, the release says.

They detained the woman and her two passengers to investigate and found a loaded semi-automatic pistol hidden in one man's waistband, according to the police.

Police also found two other pistols, drugs and cash in the vehicle, the release says.

While officers searched the vehicle, dispatchers received a 911 call from a man reporting a home-invasion robbery nearby, police said.

The man told dispatchers two armed men woke him, demanded money, pistol-whipped him and threatened to kill him if he called police, the release says. They stole his wallet, cell phone and cash, which police reported finding in the vehicle parked at the Donut Nook.

Police arrested Shayla Robins-Bailey, 25, Matthew Considine, 32, and Joseph Lawrence, 25, on suspicion of home invasion robbery and other drug and weapon charges, officers reported.

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