Cody Michael Ramey, 31, of Ohio, took a taxi to the store at 3500 W. MacArthur Blvd., about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Ramey gave a cashier a note demanding money and made off with about $800 in cash before he jumped back into the cab, Bertagna said.
Store employees ran after him and got the taxi’s license number before the cabbie drove away, Bertagna said.
The driver did not know his customer had allegedly robbed the store, Bertagna said.
The workers called police about the robbery and some “quick-thinking” investigators called the cab company to see if it had a tracker, Bertagna said.
When police caught up with the cab they found Ramey in it, Bertagna said.
Ramey was being held in the Santa Ana jail on suspicion of robbery, Bertagna said.
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