'You got me': Jewelry store robber surrenders in Mesa

Posted at 12:39 PM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 15:19:37-05

A man who robbed two Gilbert jewelry stores surrendered in Mesa after a short pursuit. 

Gilbert Police report that on September 25, a man, later identified as 34-year-old Charles McKinley Canaday, entered a jewelry store near Williams Field and Val Vista Drive. He asked to see several gold chains and then allegedly displayed a handgun and demanded the chains. 

Police say the value of the gold chains is about $30,000. 

About a month later, Canaday reportedly struck again at another jewelry store near Germann Road and Arizona Avenue. In a similar robbery, he again took gold chains worth about $7,000. 

He also reportedly robbed a convenience store six days later. 

All the victims described the same tattoos on Canaday and said he was wearing white shoes, with white soles and red shoelaces. Based on the tattoo descriptions, police located an old pawn slip of someone who pawned a gold chain necklace. That person was Canaday. 

He was found on November 2 near Power and Baseline roads. He was arrested after a short pursuit. Police say he was wearing white shoes, with white doles and red shoelaces. 

Upon his arrest, Canaday reportedly told police: "You got me." 

He's being held on a $150,000 bond for unlawful flight and armed robbery.