On Wednesday at 1:10 p.m., a South San Francisco man attempted to steal several items of clothing and houseware items from the Salvation Army at Mission Rd. and Holly Ave.
The suspect, Mark McCawley, 43, and his girlfriend Bryce O'Rourke entered the store with an unidentified female accomplice, according to police.
The accomplice walked straight through the store and then walked outside to stand by a vehicle while McCawley and O'Rourke entered a backroom in the store's warehouse, police said.
When the store manager noticed the McCawley and O'Rourke attempting to conceal items, he asked them to return the items. McCawley responded by punching the manager in the face.
When McCawley attempted to flee, two bystanders tackled him and O'Rourke.
According to law enforcement, O'Rourke then tried to free McCawley by choking the manager. O'Rourke and the other female accomplice fled the area by car.
The store manager was treated and released at the scene.
After a brief struggle, McCawley was arrested on suspicion of strong-arm robbery, burglary and conspiracy to steal. He has been booked into San Mateo County Jail.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call South San Francisco police at (650) 877-8900.
Bay City News contributed to this report.