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Preliminary hearing for accused Craigslist iPad robber

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A preliminary hearing was scheduled Thursday for a man accused of stealing iPads from three people who were trying to sell them on Craigslist.

Keith Randall Smith, 34, is charged with three counts of robbery and allegations that he used a gun during the robberies.

A judge will decide at the conclusion of the preliminary hearing whether there's enough evidence to order Smith to stand trial.

If tried and convicted in all three robberies, Smith faces 23 years and eight months in state prison.

The first of the robberies occurred about 9:30 p.m. July 31, when Smith allegedly pulled a gun on an iPad owner at the victim's Talmadge apartment, stole the iPad and fled, according to San Diego police.

The other two holdups played out in similar fashion the next night in Mount Hope and the Corridor area, police said.

Investigators matched the cell phone number Smith used to arrange meetings with the alleged victims to track him down. They allegedly found the phone, two of the stolen iPads and a gun at Smith's residence.

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