Suspected Serial Armed Robber Arrested in Riverside

Officials say the man's alleged string of robberies began last month

By Kyler Jae
|  Sunday, Nov 10, 2013  |  Updated 3:37 PM PDT
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Suspected Serial Robber Arrested in Riverside

Riverside County Sheriff's Department

Thomas K. McGowan was arrested Nov. 8 at his Riverside home in connection with a string of robberies in the area.

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A suspected serial robber has been arrested in Riverside, officials said Saturday.

Investigators on Friday arrested Thomas K. McGowan, 31, at his home in connection with a string of armed robberies in the area, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

McGowan’s alleged robbery streak began Oct. 21 with the hold-up of a Yum Yum Donuts near the 8900 Block of Limonite Avenue in Jurupa Valley, Sgt. Samuel Flores said.

McGowan allegedly robbed two Shell gas stations and a bakery two weeks later, Flores said.

His most recent alleged transgression, the robbery of a Circle K in Riverside, gave detectives enough information to tie McGowan to the crimes.

McGowan was booked for suspicion of five counts of second-degree robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment and other crimes.

Officials did not give detairegarding why he was charged with kidnapping were not clear.

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