West Valley detectives were looking for possible connections to two recent robberies at Hy & Mike's Pawn shops in Tooele and West Valley City.
Wednesday morning, two armed men bound employees at the Hy and Mike's in Tooele, 409 N. Main. Their getaway vehicle was spotted by Tooele County sheriff's deputies, and the duo were arrested following a short chase.
From those arrests, investigators discovered some of the property recovered might be related to the robbery of a Hy and Mike's in West Valley City, 3674 W. 3500 South, last week, said West Valley Police Capt. Tom McLachlan. Detectives also received information that lead them to a house in Kearns, he said.
Wednesday night, officers from West Valley City, Taylorsville and the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office kept watch on the house. When the car they were looking for arrived, a woman was driving and a man was hiding in the back seat, McLachlan said. A sheriff's deputy driving an SUV got behind the vehicle and pinned it in the driveway. The woman got out and surrendered, but the man did not.
"It was a tense situation for a while," McLachlan said.
The man got into the driver's seat and tried to back out, softly hitting the deputy's vehicle that was behind him, McLachlan said.
That's when officers stormed the vehicle and dragged the man, who was still fighting back, out of the car.
"We opened the door. He was (pepper sprayed) after fighting with officers," he said.
Police say the man continued to struggle with police even after being sprayed and was subsequently Tasered. At that point, the man stopped resisting arrest, McLachlan said. He was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.
Others who were inside the house came out to see what the commotion was about. Some of them were "sympathetic to the suspect" and had to be restrained for the officers' safety, McLachlan said. None of those people were arrested.The two pawn shop robberies were similar, McLachlan said. Investigators are continuing to identify property stolen from both shops and are looking for evidence linking the two incidents and the three suspects.
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