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Suspect in Utah armed robbery spree caught after a cop spots him during donut stop

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS (Utah) – After a series of raids on several shops along Fort Union Boulevard in Cottonwood Heights, the police arrested their suspect Saturday morning.

The police said that 18-year-old Zane James is suspected of multiple armed robberies.

The most recent was in a Subway sandwich shop Friday morning near 23rd East, but that was not the first theft in which James is suspicious. The police believe he also got a GameStop and World Market in the same area.

Each time, he was caught on camera.

“It is very rewarding, especially for the officers involved,” said Lt. Mark Askerlund with the Cottonwood Heights Police Department. “We have a handful of detectives working day and night trying to catch this person, because he is so productive. He smote so often.”

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The break in the case was when an officer ran the Fresh Market on Fort Union Boulevard Saturday morning to buy donuts for other officers of the service. Lt. Askerlund said the officer walked in, James ran to the outside. The officer immediately recognized James, the so-called back-up, and James was arrested without incident.

“It is a big relief for us,” Askerlund said. “It is a great relief for the victim of the companies, and their employees who have been traumatised. So it feels good to have him off the streets.”

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