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One man crime spree? Police arrest man they say was serial robber in Ventura County

Jay Rembert

Man accused of five armed robberies in less than a week in Ventura and Oxnard.

A Ventura County man has been arrested for a string of five armed robberies.

Oxnard Police say a convenience store, food stands, and a smoke shop were among the businesses in Ventura and Oxnard targeted by a serial robber.

The crimes took place during a week long period in November. Oxnard Police identified Oscar Silva as the man responsible for the robberies.

Because of the volume of robberies, they worked with federal prosecutors to charge him with a federal crime known as the Hobbs Act. It could mean up to 20 years in prison for the 30-year-old Oxnard man if convicted.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.