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San Jose Police Arrest Man Suspect In Armed Robberies Of Bay Area Sandwich, Ice Cream Shops

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) -- A months-long, multi-agency investigation into a series of armed robberies of restaurants in San Jose as well as other robberies in the Bay Area has led to the arrest of a suspect, police said Friday.

The suspect was identified as Justin Tucker, 30, of Santa Clara.

Tucker is believed to be responsible for six armed robberies at Subway stores along with seven other armed robberies throughout the Bay Area, including Baskin Robbins ice cream shops.

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Surveillance image of one the the armed robberies, Justin Tucker booking photo. (San Jose Police Dept.)

San Jose police said the department worked with police departments in Fremont, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Redwood City and Union City to link the Tucker to the additional robberies.

Late Friday afternoon, Palo Alto police confirmed that Tucker is the suspect in a robbery at the Baskin Robbins on 2165 Middlefield Road on Monday night.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Marshal Service-Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Taskforce and the SJPD Robbery Unit arrested Tucker in San Jose. He was booked at Santa Clara County main jail.

In a prepared statement, San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata said, "I'm extremely thankful for the collaboration between our law enforcement partners to bring an end to this crime spree that preyed upon small local businesses, many of which were already struggling during the pandemic. Our investigations, close partnership with our neighboring agencies, and dedicated work by assigned Officers was tenacious and ultimately led to this suspect's arrest."


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