RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — A Moreno Valley man has been charged in a federal indictment in connection with a month-long robbery spree of Inland Empire pharmacies that netted a little under $5,500 in cash.

David Anthony Battle, 50, of Moreno Valley, faces eight federal charges in the robbery of pharmacies in Moreno Valley, Colton and San Bernardino.

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According to the indictment, Battle robbed six pharmacies in Moreno Valley, Colton, and San Bernardino between July 6 and Aug. 4. He alleged tried to rob two other Moreno Valley pharmacies on July 10 and Aug. 10, when he was arrested before he could hold up a Walgreens Pharmacy in the 16000 block of Perris Boulevard, according to Riverside County sheriff’s officials.

In each robbery, prosecutors say Battle wore dark clothes and a medical face mask, then would pull out a handgun from his waistband after approaching the store clerk with an item for purchase. He would then demand money from the cash register be put into a bag and the clerk hand it over, according to the affidavit.

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No one was hurt during any of the robberies.

Store surveillance videos and Moreno Valley’s Citywide Camera System helped officers identify Battle and his vehicle, a white Dodge Challenger, as being connected with each robbery. During his arrest, the affidavit said a black BB-gun-style pistol was found on the ground near him.

Prosecutors say the robberies netted Battle $5,453 in illicit gains, with $3,200 from a July 6 robbery of a Walgreens store in Moreno Valley.

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Battle was turned over to federal custody on Aug. 23 and is being held without bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned next Tuesday. If convicted as charged, Battle faces a statutory maximum sentence of 160 years in federal prison.