HOUSTON -

A man has been arrested in connection with a series of robberies around the Houston area this week.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office says at around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday they received a call at the Walmart at 1313 Fry Road. The suspect was seen walking into the store and up to one of the registers, then while at the register, deputies say the suspect grabbed one of the employees, ran behind the counter and grabbed some money out of the register.

The suspect ran out of the store and into a vehicle, fleeing the scene.

About 13 minutes later, deputies say they also responded to a robbery at the Stripes convenience store at 21751 Clay Road. The clerk told investigators a man had entered the store and approached the counter pretending to buy a candy bar. When the clerk opened the register, deputies say the suspect jumped over the counter, pushed the clerk and took money from the register. The suspect grabbed packs of cigarettes and threatened the clerk before running out of the store, according to investigators.

Steven Cleveland was arrested later Wednesday after deputies in the area observed his vehicle driving erratically and conducted a traffic stop. Also arrested was Tamika Jordan.

Authorities told Local 2 they have also connected Cleveland to a robbery at an Alvin Walmart we first told you about on Tuesday night. In that incident, Cleveland allegedly used pepper spray on a clerk and grabbed cash from the register.

Cleveland is charged with two counts of robbery with bodily injury and robbery threats. Jordan is charged with robbery with bodily injury and robbery threats.