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Christopher Dial, 21yo_Bkg Photo 03-05-14

Christopher Dial’s booking photo (Courtesy: Modesto Police)


Modesto Police say posting surveillance images of a suspected armed robber gave them the leads they needed to catch him.

Christopher Dial was arrested Wednesday in Stockton after his image was shared on Twitter and Facebook. Friends and family of Dial’s recognized him and called police.

Dial is suspected in a spree of armed robberies through the Modesto area Wednesday morning. The Subway on Oakdale Road was robbed around 8:30 a.m., the Hair Repair down the street was robbed shortly after 9 a.m. and the Asians Massage in the same shopping center was robbed a little before 1 p.m.

Investigators say the robber, believed to be Dial, used a “realistic looking B.B. gun” in the spree.

The Stockton and Ripon Police Departments helped Modesto in its investigation.

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