EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 29, 2014

Suspect in custody for Salem store robbery last year

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — SALEM — A Lowell man is in custody for his alleged role in a robbery at Lowe’s almost a year ago.

Victor Garcia, 38, had been in jail after being convicted on drug charges in Massachusetts until recently. After completing his sentence there, he waived extradition to New Hampshire to face charges here.

Garcia allegedly was involved in a theft of saw blades at Lowe’s on South Broadway Feb. 5, 2013, during which an employee was threatened with a hypodermic needle.

Victor Deleon of Lawrence was arrested a day after the incident. He waved the syringe at the store worker and said he had AIDS.

Deleon, 40, pleaded guilty to felony armed robbery and theft charges as part of a plea agreement. He was sentenced in November to two to four years in state prison. His sentence was deferred for a year upon the condition he complete a drug treatment program.

Garcia is charged with armed robbery, criminal liability for the conduct of another, willful concealment and breach of bail conditions. At the time of the Lowe’s incident, Garcia was out on bail for a theft from Home Depot in Salem.

He’s being held without bail pending his arraignment.

— Jo-Anne MacKenzie