The man accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of smartphones pleaded not guilty to the charges in Vista court.
Damian McDowell Green, 21, was arraigned Tuesday after being linked to five armed robberies in the North County, according to prosecutors.
Police said on Jan. 7, Green was caught on camera taking $17,000 worth of cellphones from a Sprint store in Poway.
Seven days later, he allegedly got away with 14 iPhones and cash from a Verizon store in the 3700-block of Plaza Drive in Oceanside.
Green is also accused of another armed robbery of the Verizon store in the 4200-block of Oceanside Boulevard on Jan. 24.
Oceanside police said Green also confessed to two other robberies in Encinitas and Mira Mesa.
Prosecutors told the judge Tuesday that in two of the incidents, Green hit an employee when they didn’t move fast enough.
Green has been charged with five counts of robbery, and a judge set his bail at $545,000.
He had been arrested by U.S. Marshals and Oceanside Police on Jan. 31 at a home in Aguanga.