Police arrested a 26-year-old man early Monday on charges that he used a gun to rob five businesses in November and December and tried to rob a sixth one Sunday night.
Alvin Marion Pickett, who lives at 313 Compton Road, was taken into custody in front of his home about 2:15 a.m., when police saw him in a car that a witness had said a would-be robber used to flee a Pizza Hut restaurant at 3116 Hillsborough Street, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.
Arrest warrants accused Pickett of using a handgun to stick up the Raleigh Pharmacy on Nov. 21, a Jimmy John’s on Nov. 27, Hungry Howie’s on December 13, Sweet Frog on Dec. 7 and a Subway on Dec. 17.
For all the cases, police charged Pickett with five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of attempted robbery and six counts of having a gun in his possession despite being a felon.
According to the charges, cash taken in the five robberies ranged from $100 in one case to $650 in another.
Police did not explain why the robbery attempt Sunday night failed
Police had said last week that they were looking for one suspect in connection with four armed robberies, and they said Sunday that they had added three more because they fit the pattern of the others.
Detectives are still investigating a Dec. 5 robbery at a Subway on West Peace Street and the Nora and Nicky’s consignment store on Nov. 15.
A magistrate set Pickett’s bail at $1.5 million, and he was held for a Monday court appearance.