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June 27, 2011 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police detectives today arrested Derek Patterson, 22, for the armed robbery of Zales Jewelry in Grossmont Center. The robbery occurred on June 14th, when the suspect stole 19 rings valued at nearly $77,000 from a display case, according to La Mesa Police.

The suspect posed as a customer inside the store for nearly an hour before brandishing a black semi-automatic handgun at employees and ordering them to the ground, according t police. 


Patterson was taken into custody at the Motel 6, 7621 Alvarado Road and booked on charges of possessing stolen property and robbery.

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