PAGE – Just minutes before closing time on June 23 at 8:50 p.m., an armed robber entered Dollar General on North Navajo Drive demanding money.
The clerk refused and called 911. No money was taken, but the robber snatched the clerk’s cellphone. The perpetrator, a male, was seen walking south on North Navajo. According to Page Police, the suspect was a tall, slender Native American.
Police arrived within minutes to the crime scene. Chief Drew Sanders said the suspect wasn’t wearing a mask during the robbery attempt. An anonymous tip and store video footage helped with the investigation.
Police on June 26 alerted local media that a suspect was in custody. Sanders didn’t go into the successful investigation’s tactics, but said they gathered the evidence needed. Detective Terry TerEick says the felony case will transfer to the Arizona Superior Court, and police are cautious about giving additional information because it could “influence the jury pool” and affect the case.
Sanders says building a solid case is time-consuming and often complicated. There’s a lot of legal guidelines to adhere to.
Reactions to the arrest announcement on Lake Powell Chronicle’s Facebook page were congratulatory. One post read, “Awesomeness!!!!! Keep up the good work Page P.D.!!!!!!”