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Suspects arrested in connection with multiple robberies

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Lakewood police have arrested two men in connection with a string of robberies that began in July of last year at Lakewood King Soopers stores.

According to a news release from Lakewood Police, Valentin Justin Arrastia, 36 and Kelen Thomas Hobbs, 35, were arrested on suspicion of 11 counts of aggravated robbery.

Two Lakewood King Soopers stores had been robbed nine times since July, the news release stated, and the same men are suspected of two additional King Soopers robberies in Arvada, most recently on Jan. 28.

Initially thought to be the work of a single robber, the crimes were featured in several Crime Stoppers segments and bulletins. During the investigation, detectives began to suspect a second man as a participant and accessory in the numerous robberies, the release says.

About two weeks ago, before the identities of the alleged robbers were known, a Lakewood officer made a routine traffic stop of the two, which later proved to be critical in developing the two as suspects, the department stated in the release.

Lakewood detectives obtained arrest warrants for the two suspects, and both were taken into custody Jan. 29 at a home in the 12600 block of Forest Drive in Thornton. Both were booked into the Adams County Jail and eventually will be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail. The District Attorney’s Office will file formal charges at a later time.

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