Police believe a number of armed robberies around the Salt Lake area over the past week may be connected.
Detectives from around the valley shared information concerning the robberies during a weekly meeting Tuesday, leading investigators to believe the same men may be responsible for the crime spree that has hit Taylorsville, West Jordan, Murray and West Valley City.
"We think they're likely connected to some other robberies in the valley," said West Jordan Police Sgt. Greg Butler, whose department is investigating two robberies reported within the past week. "These guys are very active, probably feeding an expensive drug habit."
Two men robbed a Red Hanger dry cleaner, 1661 W. 7000 South, on Monday afternoon. The robbers, white men in their 40s, wore blue baseball hats, denim pants and long sleeves, likely to cover up tattoos, Butler said. The men used a silver handgun with a black handle during the robbery, police said.
The descriptions matched those of two men wanted for robbing a Hollywood Video in West Jordan last week.
On Monday night, armed robbers also hit two Taylorsville eateries within 20 minutes.
Around 9:45 p.m., two white men in their 40s walked into Subway, 4134 S. Redwood Road, flashed a handgun and demanded money from employees, Taylorsville police said. About 15 minutes later, three men robbed a Little Caesar's on 5400 South.
"The descriptions are similar," said Taylorsville Police Sgt. Rosie Rivera. "We do believe it's possible they're connected."
Police ramped up security at Subway after the restaurant was robbed three times in 10 days earlier this spring, but investigators said they don't believe the latest robbery is connected to the earlier robberies.
"The descriptions don't match, and the M.O.s aren't the same," Rivera said. "Unfortunately, that Subway, where it sits, is an easy access for people to get away quickly. Sometimes it's just location."Rivera also said an armed robbery at a Taylorsville Sconecutter over the weekend does not appear to be connected.
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