A Lancaster man was arrested in connection with a string of armed robberies at local stores after deputies say evidence linked him to the crimes.
Alexis Rodriguez, 30, is charged with three counts of armed robbery, as well as three counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to a release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
Rodriguez allegedly pointed a pistol and demanded money from an ABC store, gas station and convenience store. In each robbery, Rodriguez wore a black sweatshirt, black pants, and a black bandanna over his face, deputies say.
Deputies say Rodriguez robbed the North Corner Discount Beverage on Charlotte Highway on Dec. 4 and the Riverside Express convenience store on West Meeting Street on Dec. 8.
The most recent robbery occurred at the Pantry Pak convenience store on Lynwood Drive at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Rodriguez pointed a pistol at the cashier and took all of the money, deputies say.
The amount of money taken in the robberies was undisclosed.
Surveillance video from the store showed Rodriguez’s vehicle in the parking lot of the Pantry Pak, the release states.
At around 10 p.m., deputies located the suspect vehicle, which fled when they attempted to stop the vehicle. After a brief chase, deputies initiated a traffic stop. Rodriguez was operating the vehicle with a suspended license and was arrested on those charges. A search of the vehicle revealed a bag containing clothing consistent with the clothes worn by the armed robber of the Pantry Pak and the other stores.
Rodriguez has a criminal history that includes motor vehicle theft, strong-arm robbery, multiple drug offenses, and assault and battery, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
“It is always a good thing when we can get a dangerous man like this off of our streets,” Sheriff Barry Faile said in a prepared statement. “Rodriguez has made a career of preying on other people and thanks to the hard work of our deputies, the charges he faces could keep him in prison for up to 50 years.”