Suspected Serial Armed Robber Arrested in Riverside

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

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    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.

    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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