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Goodyear Police arrested a 16-year-old suspected of being a serial bank robber. 

At 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 27, the suspect allegedly used a note to threaten a teller and demand money at First Convenience Bank located at 1100 N. Estrella Parkway, according to Lisa Berry, a Goodyear Police Department spokeswoman. The suspect left in a cab.

Twenty minutes later, Goodyear police were called to Desert Financial Credit Union at 13200 W. McDowell Road regarding a suspicious person who matched the description of the earlier call.

“While inside the bank, the suspect was asked to remove his mask, but instead walked out of the bank and left the area in a yellow taxicab. Investigators began working with Yellow Cab to get additional information,” Berry said.

On Tuesday, July 28, an employee at the Wells Fargo at 14139 W. Indian School Road reported a suspicious person looking through the front window of the bank. He matched the description of the suspect from the day before and was again observed leaving the area in a yellow cab. Goodyear detectives contacted Yellow Cab and were able to track the cab to 6227 N. Litchfield Road in Litchfield Park, Berry said. 

“As officers arrived, they observed the suspect wearing the same clothing, fleeing the area and were able to detain him without incident,” Berry said.

The suspect has two prior armed robbery convictions.

“In addition, during the investigation, Goodyear detectives learned the suspect had attempted numerous additional bank robberies on both Tuesday and Wednesday in other cities,” Berry said. She would not release the suspect’s name, as he is a juvenile.

The suspect was booked into Maricopa County Juvenile Detention on multiple charges.

Asked if the suspect was given money by the First Convenience Bank teller, Berry responded, “At this time, we don’t believe he obtained any money.”