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Suspect arrested in SD County armed robbery spree

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Aug 26, 2023

EL CAJON (CNS) - A 29-year-old Spring Valley man has been arrested in a series of armed robberies around San Diego County, the El Cajon Police Department said Saturday.

At 9 p.m. Friday, police received a call about an armed robbery that occurred at the Speedway Gas at 700 Avocado Ave. in El Cajon. An undetermined amount of cash was taken from the register, but no employees were injured, police said.

A detective was alerted by a new camera system that the suspect's vehicle was headed toward Spring Valley, police said. With the help of a San Diego Sheriff's Department helicopter, authorities found the suspect and took him into custody.

Officers viewed surveillance footage of the robbery and confirmed the suspect's description matched the description for the series of armed robberies occurring in San Diego County, police said.

Derrick Moore was booked into San Diego County Central Jail on suspicion of several robbery charges. Authorities said detectives obtained a full confession from Moore.

El Cajon police have implemented an automated license plate reading program, which assisted heavily in the case, they said. Cameras send a real- time crime alert to law enforcement when a stolen or known wanted vehicle is detected.

Authorities asked anyone with information regarding the alleged robbery to contact the El Cajon Police Department at 619 579-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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