Adelanto Man Arrested for Two Armed Robberies

ADELANTO-(  A 22-year-old Adelanto man is behind bars after a robbery investigation led authorities to him Tuesday afternoon. On Friday, April 1, 2016, at around 12:28 p.m. the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call from Saul’s Produce and Meat Market in the 11400 block of Chamberlain Way.

The report indicated that they were robbed by a black male adult with a black handgun. The suspect struck one of the employees in the head with the handgun. Deputies from the Adelanto Station responded to the scene and began searching for the subject who fled the scene on foot but they were unable to locate him.

On Sunday, just two days after the Saul’s Produce robbery, at around 4:43 p.m. dispatch received a panic alarm at A&M Market, located in the 11700 block of Bartlett Avenue. Deputies responded to the scene and learned that the male subject brandished a firearm and demanded money. The suspect hit the clerk with the firearm, but when the owner armed himself and confronted the suspect, he fled on foot dropping all of the money the clerk had given to him.

Through a thorough and intense investigation of the crimes and their leads, deputies were able to identify the suspect. They obtained a warrant and on Tuesday afternoon at around 1:15 p.m Victor Valley Station Deputies with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Team took the suspect into custody on the 18400 block of Montezuma Street in Adelanto.

Stephen Kirk Strother was booked into the High Desert Detention Center for robbery with bail set at $1 million. He is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on Thursday, April 7th at the Victorville Superior Court.

Anyone with information relating to the above crimes is urged to contact Det. Marion Browne at the Victor Valley Sherriff’s Station, (760) 552-6801. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call WeTip at 800-78-CRIME.

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