A 47-year-old man suspected in a series of holdups targeting convenience stores in southwest Riverside County was free Wednesday on a $375,000 bond.

Christopher Eric May of Murrieta was arrested Monday and booked into the Byrd Detention Center on suspicion of multiple acts of armed robbery. He was released the following day after posting bail.

May was identified as the alleged perpetrator of the robberies following a months-long joint investigation by the sheriff’s department and Murrieta Police Department, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Julio Olguin.

He said the holdups occurred in Lake Elsinore, Murrieta and Wildomar between December 2019 and March 2020.

“In each robbery … an adult male brandished a handgun,” Olguin said.

Clerks handed over whatever cash was on hand, but the total amount taken during the series was not disclosed by investigators.

According to Olguin, sufficient evidence was gathered to obtain a search warrant, which was served at May’s residence in the area of Clinton Keith and McElwain roads on Monday.

“It resulted in the recovery of evidence related to the robberies,” the sergeant said.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

No information was available regarding May’s background.

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