Suspect linked to multiple robberies arrested after being caught red-handed on South Side, SAPD says

James Kirkwood, 68, arrested Tuesday after robbing dollar store, police say

SAN ANTONIO – A 68-year-old man was arrested after he was caught red-handed by robbery detectives who followed him into a South Side dollar store, according to San Antonio police.

Robbery Task Force detectives were conducting surveillance Tuesday on the South Side when they recognized a vehicle linked to robberies reported over the past three days.

Police followed the vehicle to multiple stores, where they say the suspect, James Kirkwood, attempted to enter several stores that were closed.

Kirkwood was unsuccessful until he got into a dollar store in the 2100 block of Zarzamora that was open for business, SAPD said.

Detectives followed the man in, where they saw him rob the store with a firearm while wearing a mask and observed people with their hands up, police said. No shots were fired.

Within seconds of robbing the store, police detained Kirkwood and took him into custody.

Video surveillance in previous robberies showed the car Kirkwood was driving, which had a particular dent on it. The dent helped police link the vehicle to the suspect.

Kirkwood faces one charge of aggravated robbery, with charges involving other robbery investigations pending, police said.

Officers said Kirkwood was on parole for robbery out of Houston.

KSAT will update you with more information as it becomes available.

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Ivan Herrera has worked as a journalist in San Antonio since 2016. His work for KSAT 12 and includes covering breaking news of the day, as well as producing Q&As and content for the "South Texas Pride" and "KSAT Money" series.

Before starting at KSAT in August 2011, Ken was a news photographer at KENS. Before that he was a news photographer at KVDA TV in San Antonio. Ken graduated from San Antonio College with an associate's degree in Radio, TV and Film. Ken has won a Sun Coast Emmy and four Lone Star Emmys. Ken has been in the TV industry since 1994.