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Investigation into West Jordan armed robbery takes several twists and turns

Posted at 9:24 AM, Mar 17, 2019

WEST JORDAN, Utah -- Two people are in custody in connection with an armed robbery in West Jordan, and are also suspects in another robbery in Sandy.

Sgt. Dan Roberts with the West Jordan Police Department says shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday, a white man in his mid-twenties entered Murphy's Express Gas Station on 3853 W. Campus View Drive in Jordan Landing.

He robbed it at gunpoint, left the store and was picked up by a vehicle, Sgt. Roberts said.

That vehicle was later located in Midvale.

"It appears that these two people were also involved in another robbery earlier in Sandy," Sgt. Roberts said.

Sandy detectives were looking for a vehicle in that robbery, which took place around 7 a.m., and located it west of State Street near 7200 South.

Investigators are trying to determine if the couple arrested in the Sandy robbery also carried out the West Jordan robbery. Investigators from multiple agencies are trying to determine if the pair is linked to other robberies around the Salt Lake Valley.

West Jordan investigators changed their minds three times Sunday over whether they had the right suspects in the robbery at Murphy's Express.

"As is sometimes the case, these cases are very dynamic," Sgt. Roberts said. "We thought we initially had them, then thought maybe they weren't involved, and now we're back into believing that they were involved."

One of the suspects confessed to the West Jordan robbery, Sgt. Roberts said.

Both are in custody, but one was taken to a hospital after claiming to have ingested drugs, Sgt. Roberts added.