Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close
Composite.JPG
A composite sketch of one of the suspects is shown. (Mesa Police Department)

Mesa police are searching for two suspects who have been linked to several robberies.

Called the Hooded Bandits, the suspects enter businesses near closing time, either display or simulate having a handgun and demand money.

"Right now, thankfully, they have not hurt anyone," said Mesa Police Sgt. Tony Landato. "Although, this is a very dangerous situation."

In total, the suspects have robbed nine different stores:

• Subway, located at 450 S. Sossaman, on Jan. 4.
• New China, located at 1130 N. Higley, on Jan. 4.
• Subway, located at 1121 S. Higley, on Jan. 7.
• Walgreens, located at 9230 E. Main, on Jan. 10.
• Walgreens, located at 6002 E. Main, on Jan. 10.
• Circle K, located at 1210 S. Higley, on Jan. 10.
• Taco Bell, located at 6728 E. Main, on Jan. 11.
• Safeway, located at 9101 E. Baseline, on Jan. 11.
• Dairy Queen, located at 316 S. Power, on Jan. 13.

The suspects, who always wear hooded sweatshirts, are described as being white or Hispanic males in their late teens or early 20s. They stand between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-11 and weigh about 150 lbs. One suspect has a thin mustache and gold-trimmed prescription glasses.

The suspects use a getaway vehicle, but multiple descriptions have been given.

"There's no substitution for vigilance," said Landato. "There's no lock, there's no alarm, there's nothing that can beat that and that's what we really stress with everybody."

Anyone with information on these robberies is asked to call the Mesa Police Department at (480) 644-2211 or Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS.

KTAR Newsroom,

share this story:
Attention KTAR.com Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.

Voice For A Better Arizona

  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.