Officers in Palo Alto have arrested a man and a juvenile in connection with a liquor store robbery in December, police said today. Amador Valentin Rivera, 18, of East Palo Alto, and a 16-year-old juvenile boy allegedly robbed Century Liquors, at 3163 Middlefield Road, at gunpoint on Dec. 29, 2012, police said. In the robbery, the two suspects fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash and about $230 in booze, according to police.
No one was injured. Rivera and the juvenile were arrested for a separate incident Jan. 5, when they allegedly committed a carjacking using a realistic-looking BB gun in the first block of California Avenue, police said. Officers quickly caught up with the fleeing vehicle and arrested Rivera and the juvenile, who were with a third person at the time.
They recovered the BB gun and returned the car to the uninjured victim, according to police. Police served Rivera a warrant for his arrest for the liquor store robbery Monday. He was still in custody at Santa Clara County Main Jail for the Jan. 5 carjacking. The juvenile, who had been released from the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall after the carjacking incident, was served a warrant for his arrest while at his school in Oakland on Feb. 15, and booked back into the juvenile hall, police said.
A string of six robberies have been committed in Palo Alto dating back to Dec. 2 last year and detectives are continuing to investigate. It’s unknown if Rivera and the juvenile are connected with any of the other crimes.
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