TEMPE, AZ - Three men have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a string of robberies that targeted fast food restaurants in Phoenix and in Tempe last fall, according to Tempe police Monday.
Molly Enright with the Tempe Police Department said the aggressive robberies were committed from September through October 2011.
Tony Tucker , 40, Christopher Kimball, 20, and Vincent Nitura, 20, were arrested and booked into the Tempe City Jail.
In at least seven incidents, Enright said one or more of the suspects would arrive at the business, typically around opening or closing time.
The suspects would then reportedly use threats and force to direct the victims to the back of the store while pointing a firearm at them.
They would then demand cash and flee the scene, Enright said.
Enright said Tucker is believed to be the shooter who robbed the victims, fired multiple shots, and left the scene in a white van during a robbery on the morning of November 7 at Priest and Baseline Road.
The seven reported incidents occurred at the following locations:
Tucker was arrested on Friday. He is being charged with the following crimes, in addition to arrest for a Felony Warrant out of the State of California:
Christopher Kimball was arrested on Thursday. He is being charged with the following crimes:
Vincent Nitura was arrested on Friday. He is being charged with the following crimes:
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