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Spate of robberies keeps Salt Lake City cops hopping

Published February 20, 2014 6:08 pm

Crime • None of the crimes thought connected.
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Salt Lake City police scrambled to respond to a series of holdups over the past two days that hit two banks, two credit unions and a pharmacy.

The most recent occurred Thursday around 5 p.m. at Key Bank at 2299 S. Highland Drive, according to the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Police believe the same man robbed a Foothill Boulevard Key Bank last week.

SLCPD Detective Veronica Montoya said none of the Wednesday robberies appeared to have been committed by the same suspect, but together they made for a busy day.

The first robbery Wednesday came at 2:11 p.m. when a man entered the US Bank branch at 1375 S. Foothill Drive, approached a teller, demanded and received money and then fled the bank on foot.

The suspect was described as a white man in his 20s, 5-foot-6 with brown hair. On Friday, police said David Erik Taversa was a suspect in the crime.

At 5:04 p.m., a bald, 5-foot, 11-inch white male ,who weighs about 180 pounds with a tanned, weathered face and large nose, demanded and received cash from a teller at the Mountain America Credit Union, 735 S. State St. He, too, fled on foot. Police on Thursday said they consider 45-year-old Michael Alexander Bacon a suspect in the robbery, and are offering a a $500 reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

A half-hour later, a 6-foot white male, wearing a striped blue and white knit cap and black pea coat, indicated he had a weapon and took money from a teller at the University Credit Union, 3080 S. Richmond St. He also made his escape on foot.

Finally, officers responded to an 11:22 p.m. robbery Wednesday at the pharmacy of the Walgreens store, 909 E. 2100 South. A 5-foot-6 man in his early 20s, with red facial hair and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a black ski mask, brandished an unspecified weapon and grabbed several bottles of pain medications before running from the scene.

Anyone with information on any of these cases is asked to call SLCPD at 801-799-3000.

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