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Twinkie Bandit Captured: Man Allegedly Used Handgun to Rob Mountain Market

An armed robbery was reported at 8:55 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Mountain High Market in Twin Peaks, north of Redlands and Loma Linda.

The Twinkie Bandit, who allegedly toted a .38-caliber revolver when he robbed a mountain market of cream-filled sponge cakes, other food and cash, has been captured.

An armed robbery was reported at 8:55 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Mountain High Market in Twin Peaks, north of Redlands and Loma Linda, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

A suspect walked into the market with a black duffel bag, went to the back of the store and "began filling the bag with food items including Twinkies," Twin Peaks Station deputies said in a statement.

"The clerk told the suspect she had to scan the items and the suspect carried the bag to the counter and pulled out a gun," deputies said. "The suspect set the gun on the counter and demanded the money in the cash register. The clerk gave the suspect the money and he fled on foot."

On Wednesday Oct. 31, Twin Peaks detectives went to a residence in the 600 block of Clubhouse Drive. They spoke to a man named Charles Ortez, 62, of Twin Peaks and recovered a Taurus .38 special revolver, deputies said.

Ortez was arrested and booked at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino on suspicion of robbery, according to inmate records. He was held Wednesday evening on $100,000 bail.

Anyone with more information was urged to contact Detective Scott Thies at the Twin Peaks Station at (909) 336-0600, reference Case No: 051201970.

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Gregory Brittain November 01, 2012 at 05:59 PM
"I have a Twinkie and I know how to use it."
Gregory Brittain November 01, 2012 at 06:00 PM
"Is that a Twinkie in your pocket, or are you sorta happy to see me?"
James Gale November 01, 2012 at 07:06 PM
What was he thinking anyway?!! Very strange!

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