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Police arrest man suspected in 4 pharmacy robberies

Salt Lake police arrested a man Saturday who they believe is responsible for at least four recent pharmacy robberies.
Salt Lake police arrested a man Saturday who they believe is responsible for at least four recent pharmacy robberies.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake police arrested a man Saturday who they believe is responsible for at least four recent pharmacy robberies.

Jordan Thomas Pahl, 40, of Salt Lake City, was arrested for investigation of four counts of aggravated robbery. In each case, police say Pahl wrote a note demanding pills while also claiming he had a bomb, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.

Since Wednesday, investigators believe Pahl has robbed pharmacies at Walgreens, 909 E. 2100 South; Smith's, 922 E. 2100 South; Rite Aid, 2332 E. 2100 South; and Walmart, 350 W. Hope Avenue (1405 South).

The last two robberies happened on Saturday. The first just after 2:30 p.m. and the Walmart robbery just after 6 p.m., said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Robin Heiden.

Pahl was arrested thanks to an alert security guard at Walmart who was able to direct responding officers to the area of 1300 South and 300 West, she said.

Pahl's criminal history includes mainly drug-related and retail theft crimes, according to Utah state court records. He was convicted of an amended charge of attempted drug possession in 2009 and placed on 24 months probation.

— Pat Reavy