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Man arrested in La Quinta watch shop robbery

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

December 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A suspect was arrested Saturday in connection with a burglary of a watch and jewelry store in La Quinta.Justin Lehrman, 23, allegedly barged into a store called, As Time Goes By on Friday, armed with a sharp-edged weapon. He reportedly demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Authorities from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol teamed up and found Lehrman after the robbery.

During a search of Lehrman's residence, deputies seized drug paraphernalia as well as clothing matching the suspect description provided by the store employee who was robbed.

Lehrman was booked into the Indio Jail for violation of his probation, possession of drug paraphernalia, under the influence of a controlled substance and robbery.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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