Taylorsville police arrest man suspected of at least 5 armed robberies

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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, Oct. 8, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Taylorsville police have arrested a man who is a suspect in at least five armed robberies, including two in Murray, two in Taylorsville and one in Millcreek.

The suspect is 24-year-old Ethan McBeth, who was arrested at his home in Murray Friday morning, said a news release from Taylorsville City.

The robberies in Taylorsville occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 6 a.m. and Friday, Oct. 8, at 8:45 a.m., both at the 7-Eleven at 4110 S. Redwood Road, the news release said.

During a robbery Thursday night in Millcreek, Unified Police Department officers obtained a possible license plate number. Officers then used that plate number to locate the suspect’s residence and went there Friday. McBeth had just pulled up at the house, where officers arrested him.

“We commend our officers and those with Murray City and UPD for their good work in apprehending this suspect,” said Taylorsville Police Chief Brady Cottam. “The arrest is the result of a noteworthy collaboration between departments and the diligence of all officers in pursuit.”

Four of the robberies occurred at 7-Eleven stores and one was at a Subway restaurant, the news release said. In each, the robber was armed with a handgun.

“Detectives were serving a search warrant at the suspect’s house and on his vehicle today in an attempt to locate a weapon,” the news release said. “During each of the Taylorsville robberies, the robber stole about $80 in cash. It is believed that he was stealing to collect money for a drug habit.”

No one was injured in any of the robberies.

Detectives are processing forensic evidence then will book the suspect into the Salt Lake County Jail later Friday afternoon.


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