A Richmond man was arrested last weekend in Pinole on suspicion of committing or trying to commit several armed robberies in the course of about an hour, police said.
Dev Razat, 24, of Richmond, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of robbery, attempted robbery and vehicle theft following the alleged crime spree that had multiple law enforcement agencies hunting for the suspect, including a California Highway Patrol helicopter.
The incident unfolded just after 7 p.m. Saturday, when Pinole police responded to a gas station and convenience store in the 2200 block of Appian Way regarding an armed robbery. A suspect demanded money while holding a knife and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a stolen black Lexus RX 350.
An employee managed to capture the vehicle’s license plate and described the suspect to police. About 15 minutes later, a similar robbery attempt was reported at another gas station, but this time the station employee refused to hand over cash. The suspect fled without further incident.
Soon enough, Pinole police learned that the Richmond Police Department and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office had also been investigating similar crimes reported that night.
It finally took a California Highway Patrol helicopter to spot the suspect vehicle near a Bank of America in the 1200 block of Tara Hills Drive in Pinole.
Raza was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility, where he is being held on $658,000 bail.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Pinole police at (510) 724- 8950.
Bay City News contributed to this report