Police arrest man suspected of being the 'Gotta Have It' bandit - East Valley Tribune: Public Safety

Police arrest man suspected of being the 'Gotta Have It' bandit

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Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 3:58 pm

A man known as the "Gotta Have It" bandit who Mesa police believe is responsible for 11 armed robberies throughout the East Valley, was arrested Wednesday.

James Sloan, 49, was arrested on suspicion of four counts of armed robbery and two counts of attempted armed robbery in Mesa at a residence on West Inglewood after investigators received a tip on his whereabouts.

Police say that after his arrest, Sloan admitted to being involved in all 11 robberies at various businesses throughout Mesa, Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert in recent months. He was labeled the "Gotta Have It" bandit after robbing a Coldstone Creamery.

With the three police departments working together, investigators gathered information following the robberies to establish him as a suspect and were able to identify him, according to Mesa police.

Charges for the additional robberies will be filed by the other respective cities where the crimes were committed, police said.

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