A Mission Viejo man has pleaded guilty to nine robberies and an attempted robbery of ice cream shops, game stores and gas stations in December 2017 that netted about $3,500.

Matthew Scott Rendon, 39, was scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 22 in the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana after his guilty plea Monday. He admitted nine counts of second-degree robbery and a count of attempted second-degree robbery, all felonies, according to court records.

Stores in Aliso Viejo, Chino, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel were hit, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The handgun-wielding suspect wore an American flag bandana and a thick flannel shirt in the stickups, the Sheriff’s Department reported. When Rendon was arrested he had those items in his vehicle, authorities said.


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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