A Sandy man accused of robbing several Salt Lake County stores by striking the clerks with pop bottles was arrested Friday afternoon and booked into jail.
The 33-year-old man, who police believe is the so-called "Soda Pop Robber," was captured shortly after two convenience stores, in Midvale and West Jordan, were robbed by a man who used a pop bottle as a weapon.About 2 p.m., a man entered Bateman's Gas and Groceries at 6995 S. 1300 West. The man immediately went to the store's cooler, selected a bottle of soda and approached the counter. The robber then struck the female clerk on the face with the bottle and ordered her to give him all of the store's money, West Jordan Police Cpl. Kyle Shepherd said.
The man apparently became impatient when the woman was unable to open the register fast enough, so he decided he would take the entire register, Shepherd said. But after he picked it up, he apparently changed his mind and fled the store without it.
Lorraine Harvey of West Jordan was taken to Holy Cross Jordan Valley Hospital, where she was treated for minor head and neck injuries and released.
Less than 15 minutes after that incident, a man matching the same description entered Dal Soglio Inc. Chevron, 349 N. Main in Midvale. The robber grabbed a bottle and struck Robyn Williams, 26, of Salt Lake City. He then fled with a large amount of cash, Midvale Police Capt. Dan Pearson said.
Williams was treated at Cottonwood Hospital and later released.
Several witnesses apparently saw the man leave the scene in a vehicle and reported his license plate number to police. An "attempt to locate" was broadcast to several police agencies in the county and avehicle matching the description was eventually spotted in Sandy near 8500 South.
"We were real successful in having enough vehicles in the area and we narrowed it down to where we thought they might be," Pearson said. "There was good cooperation between several (police) agencies."
An unmarked car from the Salt Lake County sheriff's office followed the suspect's vehicle onto I-15. Police units from six agencies converged on the vehicle near the I-215 interchange and the suspect was arrested.
The Sandy man was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of several counts of aggravated robbery.