Man pleads guilty in federal court to six convenience store robberies

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CONCORD, NH — Guillermo Garcia Esquivel, 36, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in federal court on Nov. 20 to armed robbery in connection with a half-dozen convenience store robberies in early 2019.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Esquivel committed six armed robberies of convenience stores in Manchester between January 5, 2019, and February 24, 2019.

Esquivel was arrested by Manchester Police on April 11, 2019, and indicted in June 2019 in connection with the following robberies:

  • Jan. 5, 2019:  Shop N Go
  • Jan. 15, 2019 and Feb. 2, 2019:  Shawn’s Corner market
  • Feb. 8, 2019: Shop N Go
  • Feb. 15 and 24, 2019: Best Market

During each of the robberies, Esquivel pointed what appeared to be a black handgun at the victim cashier and demanded money.  Esquivel stole in excess of $5,000.

Esquivel is scheduled to be sentenced in March of 2020.

In a statement issued Wednesday by Manchester police, credit was given to tireless police work and the U.S. Attorney’s office for a positive outcome.

“These robberies caused fear in the business community and left employees on edge. This type of behavior is not tolerated in the city of Manchester and police will continue to use every resource available to bring these criminals to justice and hold these dangerous people accountable. We are pleased with the outcome and extend our thanks to the US Attorney’s Office for working with us on this matter.”

This case was investigated by the Manchester Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Krasinski.

The case is part of ATF’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which is a federally-funded program intended to reduce gun violence through law enforcement training, public education, and aggressive law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute gun-related crimes.

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