"Top Gun," the name given to a gunman who police believe has struck at least six times during the past week, may have added two more robberies to his credit Monday evening.
Police believe the same robber has struck a total of six times in Sandy, Holladay and West Jordan during the past week. He may also have attempted another robbery on Nov. 7 in Sandy. He has come to be known as "Top Gun" because of a baseball cap he wears bearing the name of the popular movie title.The bulletins, broadcast valleywide, came one right after the other Monday. First, two female employees at Baskin-Robbins, 2420 E. 70th South, were held up about 3:30 p.m.; then a second robbery at Kentucky Fried Chicken, 6244 S. Highland Drive, was reported several minutes later.
West Jordan dispatchers were just getting the first bulletin out when they received notice of a second robbery from Salt Lake County dispatchers.
"He struck again," said West Jordan officer Charles Kirby while listening to the bulletin. "That's got to be Top Gun."
During both Monday robberies the man displayed a handgun and demanded money from store employees. He closed the two ice cream store employees in a restroom and told them to count to 100 before coming out - a scenario familiar to police officers from the earlier robberies.
The robber is described as a 55-year-old white male with gray hair, a mustache and dark eyes. He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and has a husky build. Monday he was wearing a blue jacket and gray pants.
West Jordan detective Jeff Ertel said he was investigating the Thursday robbery of a small office supply store in a strip mall on 90th South when it became apparent the robbery was not an isolated incident. Sandy officers brought a composite drawing of a robbery suspect that had struck twice in Sandy the day before. "There was no need to do another composite," Ertel said. "Our gal picked him out immediately from the Sandy composite."
The robbery pattern is fairly predictable, Ertel said. "He's hitting all of the places between 3 and 6 (p.m.). They've all been smaller places." West Jordan police are keeping a closer eye on small business establishments in the city, as much as they are able, until the robber is caught, Ertel said.