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Armed robber arrested by TPD

Posted at 6:03 AM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 23:21:07-04

Tucson Police have arrested an armed robber who struck a Circle K at Grant and Columbus Thursday morning.

Just before 2:45 a.m. officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Circle K at 2351 North Alvernon Way. 

Officers arrived on scene within minutes and discovered that a man in his late teens to early twenties entered the store with a handgun. 

The man pointed the gun and forced the clerk to the register while demanding money. The man took an undisclosed amount of money and fled from the scene last seen in a white truck. 

An hour and a half hour later the officers were notified of another armed robbery at the Circle K on 4301 East Grant Road. 

Officers responded to the store and learned that a man matching a similar description to the first robbery entered the store with a handgun.

The man had pointed the gun and told a citizen in the store to get on the ground.

Before the man left the store, another citizen entered and the man attempted to assault the citizen but was unsuccessful. The man then fled from the store.

TPD says a short time after the second robbery an officer searching for the man found a truck abandoned in the area of East Seneca and North Isabel Blvd. with the engine still running. The truck had crashed into a fire hydrant and stop sign.

The vehicle was reported stolen on July 12 and multiple items possibly associated to the robberies including a handgun, money and lottery tickets were inside the truck.

Additional officers and units responded to the area including TPD's K-9 officers to conduct an extensive search. 

During the search, a citizen reported someone running into a field near North Columbus Blvd and East Edison Street. 

A sergeant searching in the area spotted a man in a nearby yard on North Catalina Avenue. With assistance of additional officers, the man was taken into custody without incident.

The man was identified as 18-year-old Anthony Mosley. 

Mosley was arrested and booked into the Pima County for the robberies on charges including Armed Robbery, a class 2 felony, Three Counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, a class 3 felony and 3 counts of Kidnapping, a Class 4 Felony. 

TPD detectives responded to the scene to continue the investigation and believe Mosley may be associated to three other armed robberies that happened on July 13 in midtown and on the east side.

Detectives also believe another person may have helped Mosley during at least one of the robberies.

If you have any information you are asked to call 88-CRIME, you can remain anonymous.