Cops believe they have serial bank robber behind bars

Crime • Two banks in S. Salt Lake, one in Salt Lake City hit.
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South Salt Lake police and Unified Police officers on Monday arrested a suspected serial bank robber after several tips led them to an apartment in Taylorsville.

South Salt Lake police Sgt. Gary Keller said the joint arrest was made at 3 a.m. when officers converged on the apartment at 3970 S. 700 West to serve a search warrant. However, the suspect, identified as 38-year-old Caprice Tyrone Martin, was arrested when he exited the apartment just before officers were set to close in.

He was taken into custody without incident, Keller said.

A subsequent search of the apartment turned up a mask and clothing believed to have been used in the robberies, as well as a small amount of marijuana.

The man is believed linked to at least three bank robberies — one in Salt Lake City and two in South Salt Lake — last month.

On July 11, a man wearing a transparent Halloween mask entered the Zions Bank branch at 910 W. 2100 South in Salt Lake City, brandishing a black handgun. He demanded and received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot.

On July 18, the same suspect is believed to have held up a US Bank branch at 2700 S. 300 West in South Salt Lake. A week later, the robber also is thought to have hit a Zions Bank branch at 3900 S. 700 East.

Keller said the suspect was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail where he was being held without bail on suspicion of three counts of first-degree felony aggravated robbery and one third-degree felony count of marijuana possession.

A probable cause statement notes that an unidentified witness told investigators that the suspect had displayed large amounts of cash on the days corresponding to the robberies. The statement also notes that after being advised of his right to remain silent, the suspect acknowledged he was a drug dealer.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney is screening the cases.

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