Jacó man held in robberies at 10 Central Valley stores

Judicial police have arrested a man they suspect robbed numerous electronics stores in the Central Valley, according to a judicial bulletin. The detention was Tuesday.

The 27-year-old man in custody is Edgar Abraham Trinidad Mejia, a spokesperson for the Judicial Investigating Organization said. He is suspected of leading a group that is connected with 10 robberies in the San José area.

Police arrested Trinidad near Jacó after 10 months of investigation, according to the bulletin.

Trinidad is being linked to at least 10 robberies of stores that specifically sell cellular phones and electronic appliances. The bulletin says that stores in San José, Desamparados, Zapote, Coronado and Pavas were victimized. The first case was in January, and the most recent reported case occurred earlier this month.

In these cases, police suspect that Trinidad or an accomplice carried a gun, with which they threatened employees of these stores, according to the report.

Police said that a combined total of 25 million colons worth of merchandise and cash was stolen in the 10 cases linked to Trinidad.

In addition to arresting Trinidad in Jacó, police also raided his home, also in Jacó. There, agents found a pistol, drugs and dozens of prepaid phone cards, they said. They believe the phone cards were stolen Sunday, they said.

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