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Scooter bandit suspects arrested

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Christian L. Santiago Christian L. Santiago
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Two suspected robbers, who police say used a scooter as their get-away vehicle, are now in jail.

Court records show these men have robbed before. While police haven't officially connected the three cases juts yet, there are numerous similarities.

The day the Patterson Mini-Mart in the Museum District was robbed, police released a photo of the  suspects getting away together on a scooter.

Now, 29-year-old Jonathan Kasper and 39-year-old Christopher Santiago have been charged with robbery.

"It was scary," says Sylvia Zunercian who owns Sylvia's Stitch and Studs down the street.

Police also believe these men robbed the Cart Street Mini-Mart on W. Cary Street and the Sheppard Market on North Sheppard Street that same week.

In every case, it's the same suspect description and the same get-away vehicle.

But this wasn't their first time, these court records show these suspects have an extensive criminal history.

According to court records, in 2002 Kasper pleaded guilty in Dinwiddie to several counts of grand larceny.

Richmond Circuit Court records show that in 2003, Santiago pleaded guilty to grand larceny and burglary.

The file says he robbed the Bandito Burritos Restaurant, which is down the street from the Patterson Mini-Mart.

Court records show both men were released on probation.

"They told me to be on my guard, people are trying to rob stores and everything," says Zunercian.

NBC12 told her about the arrests.

"Relieved! Relieved! I'm really happy they did that," she said.  "I'm hoping they will be in for a long time and will learn from their mistakes."

Police are still working to put together evidence in all three convenience store robberies.  If you know anything call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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