SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — South End resident Thomas Munoz needed to pick up a few items on July 29th, but Springfield Police say when he entered the City Zone Supermarket on Main Street, it became clear to the clerk that Munoz had not intention of opening his wallet.
“He was shoplifting goods inside the store and he was confronted by the owner/clerk,” says Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney. “He went over there and it was a confrontation and Mr. Munoz fled the store.”
Police say Munoz wasn’t happy being rushed out while he was still browsing.
“The next day at 8 p.m., Munoz came back into the store — and the clerk knows him as Iraq, that’s his street name in the South End — and he came in and he demanded all the money out of the register,” says Delaney. “The clerk looked at him and said, ‘Are you serious?’ and he said, ‘Yeah, I’m serious.’”
Delaney adds, “He pulled a gun and pointed it at his head.”
Munoz then went behind the counter, took all the money from the register and fled.
“The clerk came to the police station, positively identified ‘Iraq’ as Thomas Munoz,” says Delaney. “We got a warrant for him and the next day our warrant squad arrested him on this.”
Prosecutors requested high bail, but it wasn’t granted. Police say Munoz never returned for his next court date.
“He’s in default right now,” says Delaney. “He’s somewhere, on the run, facing these armed robbery charges.”
Police say Munoz has a history with the Springfield Police Department. He’s been locked up for drug offenses and violent offenses in the past.
If you see Thomas Munoz, call 911 or you can send police an anonymous tip. Just text it to “CRIMES” or 274637 and in the message type “SOLVE” and your tip.