VISTA, Calif. — A San Marcos man was in custody Wednesday for allegedly carrying out at least a half-dozen North County commercial armed robberies since late last month.
Detectives arrested Alonzo Mora, 37, in the 1500 block of East Valley Parkway in Escondido on Tuesday, Escondido police Lt. Greg Kogler said.
Mora allegedly entered small retail business during daylight hours, brandished a pistol and stole money from employees, then fled in a van, the lieutenant said.
Plainclothes officers investigating a similar robbery that occurred in Vista this week found Mora inside the van near the Escondido Village Mall. He was arrested without incident, along with a female companion, 31-year-old Kenosha Knott of San Marcos.
Mora was booked into the county jail in Vista on suspicion of six counts of armed robbery and possessing heroin. He was being held on $605,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Police questioned Knott and decided that she’d had no involvement in the robberies, Kogler said. She was cited for possession of heroin and released on her own recognizance.
Five of the heists occurred in Escondido, and one took place in San Marcos.