Four men are in custody after five convenience store robberies, a high-speed chase, a car crash and a foot chase.
According to a spokesman for the Salt Lake Police Department, the string of events began about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday when three men entered a 7-Eleven at 1285 N. Redwood Road, pistol-whipped the clerk and stole the cash from the register.
A fourth man was driving the vehicle in which the suspects escaped.
In the next two hours, a second Salt Lake 7-Eleven and three more in Magna, West Valley City and South Jordan were robbed by people matching the description of those involved in the first robbery. In each case, guns were brandished but no one was assaulted.
Shortly after the fifth robbery, police spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one used in the five robberies on Bangerter Highway at about 12600 South and attempted to pull it over. The driver of the vehicle and his three passengers fled north at speeds exceeding 100 mph, according to police. The car exited at 7800 South, but lost control and crashed into a barrier wall.
The four men fled on foot. With the use of K-9 units, all four were quickly apprehended.
According to police, they are investigating whether Tuesday’s robberies are connected to a series of similar crimes at other 7-Eleven locations last week.