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Hayward man convicted of South Lake Tahoe armed robberies

A Hayward man accused of armed robberies in South Lake Tahoe in November has been convicted by an El Dorado County jury following a three-day trial.

Adam James Sanford was found guilty of two counts of robbery, two counts of attempted robbery and four counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm. He also was convicted of special allegations of use and discharge of a firearm, and use of a deadly weapon in commission of a robbery, according to a El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On Nov. 13, Sanford approached two men in the parking lot of the CVS pharmacy at 3471 Lake Tahoe Blvd., brandished a gun and a knife, and threatened to shoot and stab the men unless they gave him money, authorities said. Sanford took a wallet from one victim and fled to the Beach Retreat Hotel at 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd. There he brandished a gun and knife and demanded money from two other people at an art exhibit. He took money from one of the victims, then fired a round from his handgun into the air before fleeing, authorities said.

Sanford subsequently was arrested by South Lake Tahoe police officers.

He is to be sentenced April 18 by El Dorado Superior Court Judge Suzanne Kingsbury.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy