UPDATE: Armed robbery suspect was staying with friends in Queen Creek, said MCSO

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office District 6 – Queen Creek has arrested Austen Shrum, 20, in connection with last month’s armed robbery that occurred at Taco Bell in Queen Creek.

The suspect was arrested without incident during the early morning on Nov. 3 in Queen Creek after a short surveillance by local detectives, MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek Capt. Dave Munley told the Queen Creek Independent in an e-mailed response to questions.

“The suspect does not have a permanent residence and was staying with friends in Queen Creek.  He is not a suspect in any other crime investigations and MCSO was not assisted by any other law enforcement agencies,” Capt. Munley wrote in his e-mail.

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On Sunday, Oct. 23, a male suspect entered the Taco Bell at 21222 E. Rittenhouse Road at approximately 6:40 p.m. and demanded money. Following the incident, MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek released a photo of the individual pulled from video surveillance cameras and asked for the public’s help identifying the individual.

Suspect1“Our deputies and detectives worked diligently to make the arrest,”  Capt. Munley said in a press release. “We want to thank the community for their assistance identifying the individual. We also appreciate the work of the Queen Creek marketing and communications division for putting the information out in a timely fashion. Due to the dedication of our deputies and detectives, responsiveness of our community and hard work of town staff, we were able to identify the suspect, make an arrest and successfully conclude this case.”

Video surveillance was instrumental in solving the case. MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek recently launched Operation QC-Cam, an opportunity for residents and businesses to voluntarily register their video surveillance cameras online.

The database will help deputies know what video footage may be available in the area if a crime is committed. Deputies will then contact the registered owner of the camera and ask if any footage is available that may assist in the case. To register a mounted video surveillance camera, visit QueenCreek.org/OpQCcam.

The MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek substation is at 22308 S. Ellsworth Road. In an emergency, call 9-1-1. To reach MCSO’s non-emergency number,  call 602-876-1011.

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