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Three charged in connection with Antelope Valley robberies

Three charged in connection with Antelope Valley robberies
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department identified Marcus Robinson, 24, left, Brooke Hollins, 22 and Mehealani Austin, 25, as suspects in a series of armed robberies in the Antelope Valley. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

Two men and a woman have been charged in connection with a string of robberies in the Antelope Valley in 2011 and 2012, authorities said Saturday.

The suspects – Marcus Robinson, 24, Mehealani Austin, 25, and Brooke Hollins, 22 – were arrested Wednesday in Palmdale and charged with more than 70 counts of armed robbery, kidnap for robbery and assault with a firearm, among other charges, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

During the incidents, the robbers wore masks and forced business employees into back rooms to open safes, a department press release said.

After two years of investigation and surveillance, deputies from the department's Lancaster station arrested the suspects. Deputies later recovered a firearm along with other evidence related to the crimes, the department said.

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All three suspects are from Palmdale. They each are being held in lieu of $1 million bail, the department said.

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