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Final suspect in Roseville pawn shop armed robbery arrested

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The father suspected in the father-and-son armed robbery of a Roseville pawn shop back in July has been arrested.

Marvin Spencer Sr., 51, was arrested last week in Moline, Illinois, after the local police department got a tip that Spencer Sr. was hiding out there. A SWAT team surrounded the home and took him into custody "without incident," according to the Roseville Police Department.

Spencer Sr. is currently awaiting extradition to Ramsey County at the Rock Island County Jail in Illinois. He's been charged with one count of attempted intentional second-degree murder, first-degree aggravated robbery, possession of a firearm by an ineligible person and two counts of second-degree assault in the July 21 Roseville Pawn America heist. A store employee was shot and injured during the burglary.

Roseville detectives interviewed Spencer Sr. after he was arrested, where he admitted he was the shooter in the armed robbery. Spencer told police he didn't know the gun was loaded, police said.

Roseville police say they have closed out the Pawn America investigation now that Spencer Sr. was arrested and it's not likely additional arrests will be made.

Spencer Sr.'s son, Marvin Spencer Jr., 24, was arrested at an Atlanta, Georgia, area hotel several days after the robbery when a guest at the hotel had reportedly heard him bragging about the crime. He was charged with three counts of first-degree aggravated robbery.

Police initially suspected the younger Spencer had broken a display case and shoved nearly $200,000 worth of jewelry and watches into a bag before the father-and-son duo fled the scene, but now they believe he was actually an accomplice to the robbery and was involved in Spencer Sr.'s getaway to Georgia, reports say.

Investigators now suspect Derrick Lynch, 51, of St. Paul smashed the display case after fingerprints on a bag containing tools used in the heist led police to Lynch, the Pioneer Press reports. He's been charged with three counts of first-degree aggravated robbery after he reportedly admitted to the crime.

"The charges could change against (Spencer Jr.) now but he is still looking at felonies," Lt. Lorne Rosand, spokesman for Roseville police, told the Pioneer Press earlier this month. "He was fully aware of everything his father had done."

Lillie News says Spencer Jr. has now been charged with two counts of aiding and abetting aggravated robbery.

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