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PD: Unusual weapons, disguises connect man, Irvin Hernandez, to six Phoenix armed robberies

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Posted at 12:53 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 15:53:37-04

A man admitted to committing armed robberies at several west Phoenix convenience stores, according to court documents.

Police records show that from July 29 to Aug.17 the man committed the robberies using a crowbar, a lighter and broken glass as weapons at Circle K stores in the area of 43rd Avenue and Thomas Road.

Officials said that Irvin Gerardo Hernandez, 24, would wear a mask to cover his face and demand that the clerk put money in a bag that he would provide.

In one of the robberies, Hernandez was wearing a white leather glove and had his face covered with a surgical mask as he held a crowbar in his hand, police said.

Court documents also describe another robbery in which Hernandez had a shirt over his head with holes cut out so he could see. His weapon of choice that time was a blue torch.

Police arrested Hernandez outside of a Circle K store near 35th Avenue and Thomas Road. He was very talkative with officers and admitted that he was the one who tried to rob the store and that he was responsible for several other robberies in the area, officials said.

Hernandez even identified himself to officers in several photos taken from surveillance video, police said. He has been charged with six counts of armed robbery.