Officer spots serial robbery suspect while buying donuts at local grocer

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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC4 News) – Officers and donuts have always had a close bond, but this time it proved to be a winning combination after it lead to the arrest of a man wanted in connection to multiple robberies in Cottonwood Heights. 

Lt. Mark Askurlund, Cottonwood Heights Police, said an officer had stopped at the Dan’s market in Cottonwood Heights to buy donuts for a family gathering when he spotted 18-year-old Zane James, a man they had suspected of robbing several businesses in the area.

The officer noticed James as he was leaving the store and called for backup. With the help of additional officers, James was taken into custody.

Askurlund said James is being charged with five counts of aggravated robbery.  

James was wanted in connection to robberies at five businesses over the last few weeks including two Subways (one location was robbed twice), a World Market and a Game Stop, all in Cottonwood Heights. 

Askurlund said the man had been recently kicked out of his parent’s house and they believed he was living in various places around the same area as the robberies. He had been spotted several times but had so far been able to evade arrest. 

The most recent robbery occurred Friday morning at the Subway near 2300 East and Fort Union. Police are uncertain if James is responsible for any other robberies around the valley but are working closely with other law enforcement agencies to investigate that  possibility further. 

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