Jul 6, 2014 11:27 AM by Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Police have arrested a man suspected in a string of armed robberies, including the mugging of a teen volunteer outside the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in downtown Santa Fe.
Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt says 42-year-old Andrew Valencia was arrested Saturday after an officer recognized him from surveillance photos. She says Valencia admitted to four recent robberies.
Officers found a BB gun in Valencia's backpack. They say it had been altered to look like a real handgun.
Valencia told officers he robbed the 17-year-old museum volunteer and stole another woman's purse last Wednesday. He also admitted to two other robberies the week before.
Police say Valencia has a long criminal history. Online records show he has been arrested 33 times on DWI, battery, burglary and shoplifting charges dating back to 2001.