Suspect in armed robbery spree caught after cop spots him during doughnut stop

Posted at 4:31 PM, May 27, 2017

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah -- After a string of robberies at several stores along Fort Union Boulevard in Cottonwood Heights, police arrested their suspect Saturday morning.

Police said 18-year-old Zane James is suspected of multiple armed robberies.

The most recent was at a Subway sandwich shop Friday morning near 23rd East, but that was not the first robbery in which James is suspect. Police also believe he hit a GameStop and World Market in the same area.

Every time, he was caught on camera.

"Well it's very rewarding, especially for the officers involved," said Lt. Mark Askerlund with Cottonwood Heights Police Department. "We've had a handful of detectives that have been working day and night trying to catch this individual, because he's so prolific. He has struck so many times."

The break in the case was when an officer walked into Dan's Fresh Market on Fort Union Boulevard Saturday morning to buy doughnuts for other officers on duty. Lt. Askerlund said as that officer walked in, James was walking out. The officer immediately recognized James, called for backup, and James was arrested without incident.

"It`s a big relief for us," Askerlund said. "It's a big relief for the victim businesses and their employees who have been traumatized. So it feels good to get him off the street."

Police do not yet know James' motive for the robberies, but they suspect it is drug related. James is facing five charges of aggravated burglary and was booked into jail.