In a joint investigation with Mesa police, Tempe police have arrested a robbery suspect they believe is responsible for six robberies during a four-day span last month.
Police arrested Gabriel Bedoy, 28, on suspicion of six counts of armed robbery on Sunday after officers began the joint investigation at these businesses: Subway at Alma School Road and University Drive in Mesa, the Shell gasoline station at 2180 E. Broadway in Tempe, Little Caesar’s at 1151 W. University in Mesa, Subway at 1332 S. Country Club in Mesa, the 7-Eleven convenience store at 1310 E Broadway in Tempe and Little Caesar’s at 711 E. Broadway in Tempe.
Authorities say Bedoy committed these robberies by entering the business with a semi-automatic handgun and forcing the clerks to give him money. At each incident, Bedoy fled the scene by vehicle. Evidence obtained from one of the robbery locations was used to help identify Bedoy as a suspect, according to Tempe police.
Bedoy was located by the Tempe Police Department Criminal Apprehension Surveillance Team (CAST) in the area of Longmore Drive and Southern Avenue in Mesa, driving the same vehicle used to commit the robberies. He admitted his involvement in the crimes during interviews with detectives.
Both Tempe and Mesa are partner agencies of the East Valley Fusion Center. Crime analysts from Tempe Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Center, and detectives from the Tempe and Mesa Police Department all worked together to gather information on the suspects.
In a statement issued by Tempe police, Chief Tom Ryff stated, “This successful joint investigation between Tempe and Mesa Police Departments exemplifies the importance and effectiveness of strong law enforcement partnerships. Wherever the crime is committed, wherever the suspects flee – police are working together, linked by technology, affiliation, and the determination to locate, arrest and hold criminals accountable. Chief Milstead and I remain committed to sharing information and resources to fight crime in our communities and keep them safe.”
Bedoy was booked into the Tempe City Jail and is currently facing felony charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault.