San Diego Crime Spree Suspect Peels Off Shirt on Camera

Officials released surveillance video of the suspect taking off his shirt inside the Volcano Smoke Shop in Spring Valley

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    NBC 7's Omari Fleming reports on an odd crime spree and the suspect officials hope surveillance video helps solve the case. (Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014)

    San Diego County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man wanted for a series of home invasions, car thefts and business burglaries - all committed in about a 30-minute time frame.

    Deputies said they arrested Kevin Knight, 43, Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in Spring Valley.

    Crime Spree Suspect Arrested

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    Officials have a arrested a man accused of a crime spree in the East County, which included armed robberies, home invasion robberies and the theft of four cars in a very short time span. NBC 7's Matt Rascon speaks with one of the victims of the crimes. (Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014)

    Deputies responded to a car theft call near a Wendy's at Campo Road and Spring Street. When they arrived, they say Knight ran from the scene. He resisted arrest and deputies used a taser to get him into custody.

    Officials released surveillance video of the suspect taking off his shirt inside the Volcano Smoke Shop in Spring Valley.

    The same shop they say he returned to rob an hour later on the 9500 block of Jamacha.

    "He’s waving the gun around [saying] give me the money and my purse," exclaimed Felomina Calimquin.

    Calimquin owns QM Travel right next door. Hours after the crime she was still shaking.

    That’s because the suspect came into her business pointing his revolver at her with her granddaughter by her side. The suspect made off with $136 and Calimquin's purse.

    Deputies say he also stole a car from the smoke shop next door.

    In all deputies say the man believed to be in his late 30s to 40s is responsible for two home invasions, four stolen cars and several businesses burglaries.

    One of them, the Hallmark store on Jamacha where deputies say he walked in and stole the keys to an employee’s car.

    It was found ditched on 1600-block Sundale Road.

    That’s where deputies say he broke into an unlocked home, confronted its owner and stole his truck.

    Deputies say in both home invasion cases the doors were left unlocked.

    No one was injured in the crimes. All the cars have been recovered.