PHARR — It was a busy Saturday morning for all of Pharr Police Department’s investigative staff and patrol officers after a man, who police believe robbed two stores earlier this week, was involved in another string of robberies, authorities said.
Santiago Alvarado, 18, was arrested after he allegedly tried to rob three businesses in less than three hours Saturday and stole a vehicle, Pharr Police Lt. William Edmundson said.
Officers first responded to Dave’s Music, 802 E. Expressway 83, Suite F, shortly before 10:30 a.m. after Alvarado allegedly went into the store demanding money and threatened an employee with a knife, Edmundson said. The 18-year-old, however, was unable to get any money from that location so he went next door to Suite G and stole a 2011 Red Chevy HHR and an undetermined amount of money from Hertz Rent-A-Car, police said.
The suspect then allegedly drove to Sanchez Supermarket, 700 W. State Ave., where he managed to steal the cash register box where all of the store’s money was located, Edmundson said. The man then drove to an undisclosed location, where he ditched the car, police added.
After searching the surrounding area and following investigative leads, police were able to find Alvarado’s home on the 400 block of North Dahlia Street, where he was arrested about 1 p.m., Edmundson said. There, police recovered the supermarket’s money box and the cash taken from the rental car company, he added.
Police think Alvarado also is responsible for two other robberies earlier this week. The first happened Wednesday at La Providencia convenience store, 604 E. Evan Ave., where a robber made off with an undetermined amount of money after threatening an employee with a knife. The second occurred Friday at the OT convenience store in the 400 block of Bell Avenue, where a robber allegedly used the same method to steal cash.
Police have not determined a motive for the string of robberies but are investigating, Edmundson said.
“We haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet, and that’s what we plan to do this afternoon,” he said Saturday. “We do have a lot of legwork to do on it.”
Alvarado is expected to be arraigned Sunday, Edmundson said.