CARLSBAD — A serial criminal was convicted May 4 of a clothing store robbery that may land the 50-year-old man in prison for life.
A North County jury found Rodney Riggins guilty of robbery and theft charges relating to an April 15, 2009, hold up at The Gap clothing store located in the Carlsbad Premium Outlets. According to court testimony, Riggins pulled a box cutter on a loss prevention officer outside of the store after being confronted about putting store merchandise into some bags he was carrying.
Police arrested Riggins shortly after the robbery. They found 14 pairs of Gap jeans in the bags he was carrying as well a box cutter.
The robbery conviction marks Riggins’ third strike under the state’s three strikes law. He now faces up to 25 years to life in prison.
Riggins sentencing is scheduled for July 28.