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Suspect in series of local armed robberies arrested

LOWER MAINLAND (NEWS1130) – A man who police have linked to armed robberies in Vancouver, Burnaby, and on the North Shore has been arrested in the US.

Thomas John Schwartz, 68, from Squamish is also known as Tom Stone; he has been connected to the hold-ups of eight Lower Mainland grocery stores.

Border officers picked him up on December 15th while he was trying to cross into the States.

He was wanted on an outstanding warrant accusing him of deserting the US Air Force back in 1972.

Schwartz has been charged with robbery and weapons offences.