LAYTON -- An anonymous tip led police to a man suspected of committing five robberies in Davis County.
Tyler Stephen Hart, 36, of Kaysville, admitted to police to committing two robberies at the Sinclair convenience store, 1508 N. Highway 89, in Layton and three robberies in Bountiful, said Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton.
"We received an anonymous tip from a citizen who saw the photo on the news and said it was Tyler Hart," Horton said.
Police took Hart in for questioning at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and he admitted to the robberies. They also found clothing in Hart's car that matched the clothing of the man seen in the surveillance photographs posted by the media.
Hart was booked in the Davis County Jail on five counts of aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies. He is being held without bail.
Robbery charges have been dismissed against Daniel Blaine Goodell, 33, who was arrested Tuesday.
Horton said police believed they had good cause to arrest Goodell because the Sinclair clerk had picked his photo from a photo lineup and because of previous statements Goodell made about being able to commit a robbery. Goodell is an ex-employee of the Sinclair convenience store, but he told police he had not committed the robbery.
Goodell is being detained in the jail on charges from Adult Probation and Parole that are not related to the case.
The Layton robberies happened within 24 hours earlier this week, police said.
Horton said Hart admitted to walking into convenience stores, getting a drink and then when the clerk rang up the sale, putting his hand in the pocket of his hoodie and pointing it like he had a gun.
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 Hart admitted to pulling out a pocketknife and waving it in the air at the clerk. A surveliance video from this robbery was posted on the Standard-Examiner website and aired by other media outlets, which led to the tip.
The clerk then backed away from the man, who took an undetermined amount of money and left the store.
Bountiful Police Lt. Dave Edwards said Hart admitted to three robberies in Bountiful, all at the Tesoro at 2563 S. Main St. The robberies happened on May 12, Oct. 3 and Oct. 8. Hart also wore a black hoodie during those robberies, walked into the store and got a drink. When the clerk rang up the sale, he would put his hand in his pocket, like he had a gun and demand cash.
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