A Lockeford man faces up to 25 years in a state prison after admitting to a string of armed robberies and shooting a handgun in the Lodi area.
Jeffery McInturff, 27, pled guilty to three counts of armed robbery and one count of discharging a firearm last week in San Joaquin County Superior Court. He will be sentenced June 10 and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in restitution to his victims, District Attorney Don Vaughn said.
McInturff, who has already served two terms in state prison for firearm possession and vehicle theft, admitted to robbing stores in Lockeford and Stockton, as well as Fashion Depot in Lodi. But he was arrested in connection with several more robberies.
In some cases he stole as little as $100 and as much as $2,000, Vaughn said.
Vaughn added that McInturff usually robbed stores with a similar routine: He’d walk into a store and pull out a gun, order the cashier to open the cash register, then take the money and run.
In Lockeford, he entered a Burger King and ordered the cashier into a back room containing safe with cash. When the employee couldn’t open the safe fast enough, he fired off one round. Finally the cashier opened the safe and McInturff took the money.
McInturff avoided capture for three months before being spotted by San Joaquin County Sheriff’s deputies.
Deputies found him working on a car that had been reported stolen. He attempted to flee on foot and deputies gave chase, according to the Sheriff’s department.
After a short foot chase, McInturff was taken into custody with the help of a Sheriff’s K9 unit.
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