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Arraignment for Indio man accused in robberies and burglaries across the valley

By Tom Tucker, CBS Local 2 Morning Anchor, thomas.tucker@cbslocal2.com
Published On: Jan 04 2013 08:18:20 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 04 2013 11:35:48 AM CST

INDIO, Calif. -

An Indio man accused of robberies and burglaries across  the Coachella Valley was scheduled to be arraigned today.
      Samuel David Lawson Jr., 40, was charged Monday with 47 felony counts --  mostly robbery and burglary --- and one misdemeanor battery count for alleged  crimes stretching back to August 2011. Riverside County Superior Court Judge  Victoria Cameron set Lawson's bail at $11 million when he made his first court  appearance Monday at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, and rescheduled his  arraignment for today, according to court records.
      Lawson was arrested about 1 a.m. Dec. 27 on suspicion of committing a  burglary in the 74000 block of Country Club Drive in Palm Desert.
      Lawson had "key pieces of evidence" that tied him to armed robberies  and commercial burglaries throughout the valley, Riverside County sheriff's  Sgt. Tom Brewster said.
      Information obtained through search warrants for Lawson's vehicles and  residence implicated Lawson in armed robberies at fast food restaurants and gas  station convenience stores and burglaries at businesses from August 2011 until  Thursday, Brewster said.
      According to the criminal complaint, Lawson allegedly used tear gas when  he robbed Perez Images, an adult video store in Cathedral City, in September  2012. He allegedly burglarized multiple Coachella Valley businesses, including  Palm Desert Cyclery, LensCrafters and Gucci in Palm Desert, Lumpy's Golf  Supplies in La Quinta and several optometry offices. He allegedly robbed  businesses including Bower Security in Palm Desert, a Palm Springs  International Airport kiosk, Pizza Hut in Palm Desert and Carl's Jr. in Indio,  Palm Desert and Cathedral City.
      If convicted, Lawson could face life in prison because he has three  strikes, according to John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney's  Office.