Man held up in his Sonora home

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By AMY LINDBLOM

A Sonora man is uninjured after being held up at gunpoint in his Callahan Lane home and robbed of $2,700 yesterday afternoon.

The robber is still at large.

David Anthony Barton, 56, called 911 about 3 p.m. yesterday to say a man who appeared to be in his 20s had entered Barton's home while Barton was lying on his bed.

A sheriff's report said the man had a handgun with a short barrel and told Barton "don't move." He took Barton's wallet and checkbook.

Barton runs his business Penguin Tree Service out of his home. The wallet had $2,700 in it.

The man ran out the front door and has not been seen since.

Deputies questioned a neighbor and employees at nearby Buck's Body Shop on the 12700 block of Mono Way who might have seen the man fleeing the Callahan Lane area.

An employee described a van parked there for a while and gave a license plate number. Deputies questioned the van's owner, but said he was not a suspect.

About 30 minutes after Barton called 911, deputies took him to the railroad tracks near Sanguinetti Loop Drive, and asked him to look at a man they believed matched the robber's description. However, the man deputies detained was not the robber, the report said.

The suspect is described as being white, between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with thin, collar-length brown hair. He was wearing sunglasses, a checkered shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 533-5815 or the Crime Hotline at 984-1911.

Contact Amy Lindblom at alindblom@uniondemocrat.com .

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