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Machete-wielding man robs Target in Eastvale

A probationer armed with a machete was arrested for robbing an Eastvale Target and pocketing items in his clothes Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.

December 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A man armed with a machete is accused of stealing from a store in the Inland Empire.

Thomas Robert Johnston, 50, of Indio was arrested around 11:30 a.m. Saturday at a Target located in the Eastvale Gateway Shopping Center at 12471 Limonite Avenue.

Riverside County deputies say they spotted Johnston behaving suspiciously near the outlet. When deputies questioned him and learned he was on probation, the suspect was searched. Deputies found several stolen items from the store in his clothing and a machete tucked down his pants.

The items were returned. Johnston was arrested and taken to the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside. He faces burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of a weapon, and probation violation charges.