BANNING – A 20-year-old man arrested Thursday in connection with two convenience store heists in Indio is a suspect in about a dozen armed robberies across Riverside County, a sheriff’s sergeant said.
Joseph Roy Scott of Indio allegedly used a shotgun to hold up a Circle K convenience store in the 19500 block of Temescal Canyon around 11 p.m. Wednesday, said sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez.
He was arrested around 1:15 a.m. in Cabazon by Indio police, Gutierrez said.
Scott had been detained at the Cabazon sheriff’s station as a person of interest in about a dozen similar robberies in Cathedral City, Indio, Moreno Valley, La Quinta, Riverside and the Jurupa Valley area, Gutierrez said.
No injuries were reported in any of the robberies, said Ben Guitron of the Indio Police Department.
Indio detectives arrived at the Cabazon station around 8 p.m. Thursday and interviewed Scott about two Circle K robberies in Indio that occurred earlier this month, Guitron said.
“We were able to confirm he was the suspect of the robberies at the two different Circle Ks,” Guitron said.
During the interview, Scott told detectives he had been staying at a motel in Moreno Valley, and “at that location, the person he was staying with cooperated with us,” Guitron said. “We were able to recover additional evidence that corroborates the investigation of the city of Indio robberies and possibly other incidents.”
Scott is being held at the sheriff’s jail in Banning in lieu of $250,000.
Anyone with more information about the robberies was asked to call the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2600.