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Police catch suspected serial robber thanks to TRAX schedule

Police have arrested a man who they say was responsible for several armed robberies and then used public transportation to make his getaway.
Police have arrested a man who they say was responsible for several armed robberies and then used public transportation to make his getaway.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Police have arrested a man who they say was responsible for several armed robberies and then used public transportation to make his getaway.

Salt Lake police believe Benjamin Michael Godfrey, 24, robbed a Subway, 9581 S. 700 East, on Feb. 7. He is also accused of several robberies downtown, including Starbucks, 80 S. Main, on Feb. 29; Massage Envy, 655 E. 400 South, on Wednesday; and Beans and Brews, 268 S. State, on Thursday.

In each case, Godfrey entered the store and "told the clerk to empty the cash register while intimating a weapon with his hand concealed in his pocket," according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.

After each robbery, the man would use TRAX to make his getaway, the report states. Investigators received information that he always got off at the same stop, next to Vivint Arena at 300 W. South Temple.

After the Beans and Brews robbery on Thursday, police went to the TRAX platform and waited for Godfrey to arrive. When he got off the train, he was arrested by officers and booked into jail for investigation of four counts of aggravated robbery.

In April, Godfrey pleaded guilty in St. George's 5th District Court to drug possession and forgery, third-degree felonies, according to court records. He was placed on 36 months of probation. He was also convicted of misdemeanor drug charges in 2013.

— Pat Reavy