Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:56 PM
LAYTON — Police are trying to sort out if two men committed two robberies at the same convenience store at separate times or if one man committed both robberies.
In less than 24 hours, Sinclair convenience store, 1508 N. Highway 89, in Layton, was robbed twice. Both times a white man in his late 30s dressed in a black hoodie came in, grabbed a drink, and when the clerk opened the cash register drawer, the man demanded money from the register.
The first robbery happened at 4:48 a.m. Tuesday and the second one happened at 1 a.m. on Wednesday.
During the second robbery, the clerk refused to give the man any money, and the man walked around the counter, Horton said. The two got into a fight and the man brandished a knife.
The clerk then backed away from the man, who took an undetermined amount of money and left the store.
Police had arrested and booked in the Davis County Jail at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Daniel Blaine Goodell, 33, on one count of aggravated robbery. They believed he was the man who committed the robbery Tuesday morning, said Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton.
Horton said police believe they had probable cause to arrest Goodell after the clerk picked Goodell’s photo from a photo lineup.
Goodell is also a former employee of the convenience store. He was “let go about a week and a half to two weeks ago,” Horton said.
Goodell admitted to officers he had talked to other employees about “the possibility of committing a robbery at this convenience store,” Horton said.
Goodell told officers he did not have anything to do with Tuesday morning’s robbery, Horton said. And Goodell was in jail when the second robbery occurred, Horton said.
Horton said the man in the second robbery has the same physical description as Goodell.
Bountiful is also investigating a robbery that happened 12:06 a.m. Tuesday at Tesoro at 2563 S. Main St., Bountiful, said Bountiful Police Lt. Dave Edwards.
Edwards said a white man described as in his early 20s dressed in a black hoodie approached the clerk and put his hand in the pocket of his hoodie, “indicating he had a gun. He didn’t show he had a gun.”
The clerk gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash and a truck driver saw the man fleeing the area on foot.
Police in both cities are asking the public for help.
Anyone with information about the Layton robberies is asked to call 801-497-8300 or leave information through the police’s confidential web tip line at the following webpage: www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1011.
Anyone with information about the Bountiful robbery is asked to call 801-298-8300.
Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @LorettaParkSE.
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