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Jul 6, 2014 11:27 AM by Associated Press

Santa Fe police arrested suspected serial robber

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.

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