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Alleged 'Sorry Bandit' nabbed after convenience store robbery

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) - An accused robber dubbed the "Sorry Bandit", because he apologized as he left his holdups, went to jail Thursday night.

The unidentified 35-year-old man was arrested after allegedly robbing a clerk at a gas station in the Carmel Valley area on Thursday.

San Diego police believe he is the same brazen robber who held up several convenience stores across San Diego on Tuesday.

"We believe we have the suspect that is responsible for this series. Obviously a very dangerous individual that is doing armed robberies with a handgun blatantly," said SDPD Lt. Paul Rorrison.

The latest robbery took place at about 7:50 p.m. Thursday at the Carmel Valley Shell station at 3060 Carmel Valley Road, said San Diego Police Department Officer David Stafford.

According to Stafford, the suspect walked into the gas station, pulled out a gun and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect then took the cash and fled eastbound driving a black Dodge Ram.

Police say the suspect is known to park his getaway vehicle away from the store. The clerk told police he saw the suspect park a black Dodge Ram in the cul-de-sac by the store, walk up, point a gun, demand cash and then take off in the truck.

A description of the suspect -- about 35 years old, standing 6 feet 2 inches tall, heavy set, wearing a black jacket and black pants -- and his getaway car were broadcast to police.

"Fortunately this time a witness did see the vehicle, which was key," said Rorrison.

Officers then spotted the suspect in the area of Shoal Creek and Ted Williams Parkway, Stafford said. Officers say he also had cash suspected of being taken during the holdup.

"Additional property, along with a loaded handgun, was on the front seat," said Lt. Paul Rorrison.

Police believe the clerk played a crucial role in catching the thief. He spotted the vehicle and described it to officers.

Officers say the suspected robber hit seven stores in Kearny Mesa, Lakeside, Rancho Penasquitos, Lakeside and on Adams Avenue on the crime spree, which started around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday and ended at 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The suspect was questioned by robbery detectives and faces eight counts of armed robbery.

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