PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - A man wanted for robbing or attempting to rob several groceries stores between three cities has been arrested.
Jan Clark with the Portsmouth Police Department said officers arrested Michael Anthony Richardson, 47, of Portsmouth early Tuesday morning.
Around 5 p.m. Monday, an officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of one used by a robbery suspect parked at the Economy Lodge. After a search, Richardson was found in one of the rooms.
Richardson has been charged in connection to a robbery at a Food Lion in Portsmouth as well as a Farm Fresh in Portsmouth. Richardson is also believed to be the suspect involved in attempted robberies at two Franklin grocery stores and a robbery at a Suffolk Wal-Mart.
Franklin Police interviewed Richardson and have charged him with two counts of attempted robbery.
Clark said evidence was found at the hotel linking Richardson to several robberies.
Additionally, Richardson was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender. According to the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry, Richardson was convicted of rape in 1991. The registry also says Richardson renewed his registration in May of 2013.
Clark told WAVY.com the charge was a result of Richardson not appearing for a court date when ordered by a judge to do so.
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