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Posted at 10:55 PM ET, 05/01/2012

D.C. police: Arrest in armed robberies at Safeways

Within two hours Monday evening, two armed robberies and one theft were reported inside Safeway stores in the District, all in prominent locations within a mile or two of the Capitol.

D.C. police said they arrested a 21-year-old Southeast Washington man Tuesday morning and charged him in all three crimes. All three occurred at Starbucks kiosks in the stores, police said.

The first incident was reported about 6:20 p.m. at the store in the 1100 block of 4th Street SW. Police said someone had stolen cash from the kiosk.

The store is within a block or two of the Arena Stage and the Waterfront Metro stop.

About an hour and a half later,police said a gunpoint robbery occurred at the kiosk in the store in the 400 block of 14th Street SE, which has long been a shopping fixture in the Capitol Hill area. Its wide range of customers includes members of Congress.

About 30 minutes later, police said, another gunpoint robbery occurred, at the kiosk in the store in the 400 block of L Street NW. That store, two or three blocks east of Mt. Vernon Square, is in the fast-developing area just north of Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Police said they arrested Anthony Chase, 21, at about 3:45 a.m on an arrest warrant. They said he was charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of theft.

A handgun was recovered, said Lt. William Fitzgerald of the First Police District detective unit.

Fitzgerald said police conducted detailed interviews at the crime scenes, and said good descriptions from witnesses aided officers in determining a suspect.

“The detectives did an outstanding job with good assistance from patrol officers and really good witness descriptions from the community,” Fitzgerald said.

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