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3 arrested in robbery of catering truck

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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2008 8:28 pm | Updated: 11:40 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A catering truck was the target of a Queen Creek-area robbery Tuesday when three armed men demanded money and swiped a number of energy drinks from the vehicle, authorities say.

Three Mesa men were arrested shortly after by Pinal County sheriff’s deputies in the robbery.

After flagging down the truck at noon as it was traveling on Penny Lane near Sandy Drive, the men approached the vehicle and demanded money from the 42-year-old female cashier, said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Vanessa White in a news release.

White said the cashier refused, and when one of the men pulled out a handgun, the woman handed them all the money she had in the vehicle.

They also searched the truck, took several energy drinks and fled in a green sedan with a spoiler, the woman told sheriff’s officers.

A deputy spotted a car matching the description at Bella Vista Road near Brooks Turf Farm and held the occupants at gunpoint until backup arrived, White said.

Arrested were Daniel Barraza, 22, Andres Olivas Cigala, 24, and Gerrardo Valenzuela-Navarro, 27. They were booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.

All three were arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery and armed robbery, while Barraza and Valenzuela-Navarro were also booked on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and prohibited possession of a weapon.

The cashier was not hurt.

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