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Police: Suspects in grocery, convenience store robberies arrested

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 | 5:40 p.m.

Darian C. Owens.

Darian C. Owens.

Tevin T. Owens.

Tevin T. Owens.

Precious Carroll.

Precious Carroll.

A woman and two men suspected in a string of grocery and convenience store robberies across the valley going back to June were arrested on Monday, Metro Police said.

According to police, Darian Christopher Owens, 25, his brother Tevin Tyree Owens, 21, and Precious Carroll, 24, were arrested after they allegedly robbed a Rebel gas station at Craig Road and Tenaya Way in the northwest valley.

The suspects reportedly fled the scene, with the brothers entering a home about three miles from the crime scene, according to a police report. The three were taken into custody by K-9 officers.

Tevin Owens was bitten by a police dog and taken to University Medical Center to receive treatment for nonlife-threatening injuries, the report said.

Lieutenant W. Graham said police believe the suspects are connected to 12 armed robberies, including one at a Smith's near Charleston Boulevard and Hualapai Way on Wednesday.

“We have some crooks off the street,” he said. “You can all feel a little bit safer.”

According to the police report, the three confessed to the robbery of the Rebel station.

The three suspects were arrested on counts of robbery, burglary with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary in connection to Monday's incident.

Police say a stolen firearm, money and clothing linking the suspects to previous robberies were recovered and the red Toyota Prius they were driving matched the sedan seen on a surveillance video from one of the robberies.

The robbers targeted the gaming areas of convenience and grocery stores, police said.

According to the report, a check into the suspects' history revealed that Darian Owens was imprisoned for a pair of 2007 robberies of a Terrible Herbst and that he was released in February.

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