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Man charged with 3 counts of armed robbery

August 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Lancaster man was arrested in connection with three armed robberies of liquor stores in Grand Terrace.Derik Garcia, 29, was identified by sheriff's investigators as the suspect in holdups at Smart Tyme Liquor that occurred in August and December 2009, as well as April 2010. Investigators said he was identified from surveillance video captured during the robberies.

Garcia was arrested by deputies from the Highland sheriff's station after he committed a robbery there in April. Detectives conducted search warrants and interviews regarding the Grand Terrace robberies and were able to positively identify Garcia as the suspect in those cases as well.

On Thursday detectives submitted their investigation to the district attorney's office and Garcia was charged with three counts of armed robbery.