After nearly half a year of searching for leads, three men have finally been arrested for an armed robbery that occurred at Sugar n Spice, a bakery located in Goodyear.
Joseph Conklin, 45, of Phoenix, and twin brothers from Peoria, Terrell and Durrell Whitfield, both 21, were arrested in early June after detectives uncovered substantial leads, Goodyear police said.
Conklin, who was the store’s doughnut cook, allegedly amassed a drug debt with the twin brothers, who were selling him fentanyl pills. Police said they robbed the store to settle the debt.
The robbery occurred around 12:38 a.m. January 13. Two men wearing gloves, dark pants and black-and-red hoodies with ski masks robbed Sugar n Spice at gunpoint, though they were not located at the time. Police said Conklin was present.
The suspects reportedly took a victim’s phone and three victims’ wallets and IDs, as well as around $500 from the store. No employees were injured.
Probable cause was ultimately established for Conklin’s arrest. On June 4 he was taken into custody during a traffic stop, after which he confessed to police.
Search warrants were conducted for the Whitfield brothers, and multiple stolen items were recovered.
Terrell was arrested without incident, but Durrell was already in custody on an unrelated charge.
The brothers were charged with kidnapping, aggravated armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Conklin was charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
Terrell and Conklin were booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail.