Gilbert police arrested three men Saturday in connection with 15 robberies at convenience stores in Valley.
The men robbed stores in Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix and Sun Lakes from September into this month, police said. The robbers would enter convenience stores armed with handguns, demanding cash, alcohol, cigarettes and lottery tickets.
All three suspects have admitted to an involvement in the robberies, Gilbert police said. The suspects are Joshua Liranzo, 20, of Gilbert, and Jonathan C. Diaz and Joseph Armando Herrera, both 19 and from Chandler.
The three have been booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix.
A fourth suspect has been identified and is in custody in another state, police said. Information about that suspect was not being released by police on Monday.
The investigation that led to the arrests was a cooperative effort between the Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Phoenix police departments, and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.