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Man's alleged robbery spree comes to an end

Published October 30, 2013 2:58 pm

Crime • Investigators say the suspect admitted to the crimes once he was in custody.
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A man was charged in federal court on Wednesday for an alleged three-week robbery spree in Salt Lake County.

A federal complaint filed against the man in U.S. District Court of Utah on Wednesday describes how he allegedly knocked over a Family Dollar Store, a 7-Eleven, two Walgreens and a Conoco.

The spree began Sept. 25, when he is accused of robbing the Family Dollar Store at 4653 W. 6200 South in West Jordan. Then on Oct. 4, he moved on to a 7-Eleven at 3180 W. 5400 South in Taylorsville, according to the complaint.

Then on Oct. 7 and Oct. 12, he allegedly robbed a Walgreens at 4668 S. Redwood Road in Taylorsville and one at 3291 Highland Drive in Salt Lake City, respectively, the complaint add. The last robbery happened Oct. 15, when investigators say he robbed a Conoco at 2187 W. 4700 South in Taylorsville.

During each robbery, the suspect put his hand in his jacket and pretended to have a gun, according to the complaint.

Surveillance cameras caught pictures of the suspect's from at least the two Walgreens and Conoco robberies. Investigators received numerous tips that identified the man after law enforcement disseminated those images through the media.

Among the tipsters was a retired Utah correctional officer, who had been in charge of the prison work crews. He remembered the suspect, who had worked on the crews several times, according to the complaint.

On Oct. 23, police waited for the suspect outside his home and pulled him over as he drove away from it. Once in custody, the man admitted to the five robberies, according to the complaint.

The federal complaint does not detail how much money the man made off with, except in the case of the 7-Eleven: about $160.


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