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Sparks armed robbery arrest
by Tribune Staff
Feb 11, 2011 | 1632 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tom Seve
Tom Seve
SPARKS — On Nov. 1 at about 2:50 p.m., a man entered the Fair Deal Market located at 1695 Sullivan Lane and pulled out a black handgun. The man demanded money. He fled after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash and phone cards. The suspect was believed to be Asian wearing a sweatshirt with “I (red heart) TMAHS.” The robbery was captured on video surveillance.

On Nov. 5 at about 6:45 p.m., a man entered Discount Liquor located at 545 Nichols Blvd., pulled out a handgun and demanded money. The clerk refused. The suspect grabbed several boxes of cigars from a display and fled.

Also on Nov. 5 at about 9:10 p.m., a man entered King Tobacco and Liquor and pulled a black handgun from the waistband of his jeans. He demanded money and received an undisclosed amount from the clerk. Video surveillance captured the robbery. The suspect in both of these robberies was described as a Hispanic male wearing an orange jacket.

On Nov. 14 at 2:18 p.m., a man entered Paul’s Market located at 1550 Vance Way, produced a handgun and demanded money. The suspect left with cash, two bottles of liquor and several packages of cigars. Video surveillance captured the robbery.

Also on Nov. 14 at about 2:35 p.m., a man entered the Gold Midget Market located at 128 Victorian Ave. and produced a handgun and demanded money. The suspect grabbed money from the cash register and ran from the store. The suspect in this case and the Paul’s Market robbery was described as a black male adult wearing a multicolored beanie with dreadlocks.

Detectives watched video surveillance and noted the suspect was similar in all the videos despite differing perspectives of his ethnicity. Detectives developed information that Tom Aia Seve could have committed the crimes through previous contacts and other sources.

Seve was located and arrested for five counts of robbery with a deadly weapon. Seve is described as a Polynesian male, 18 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He often wore large diamond earring studs in each ear.

Detectives are seeking information as to the identity of the subject who might have transported Seve to and from the robberies. The vehicle used was a white sedan. Anyone with information about his accomplice is asked to call Detective John Patton at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
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