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Mesa man accused of armed robbery of supermarket

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Police in Chandler say they’ve arrested a suspect in an
armed robbery of a supermarket.

They say 26-year-old Andrew Putnam of Mesa is being held on suspicion of armed
robbery with a deadly weapon, first-degree criminal trespass, aggravated assault
with a deadly weapon and theft-control of stolen property.

Authorities say Putnam is suspected of stealing about $270 in items Thursday
from a Safeway store in Chandler.

Video surveillance reportedly shows Putnam running out of the store with a
basket full of items while being chased by two store employees.

They say Putnam was found hiding behind a wall in an apartment complex behind
the store.

Authorities say Putnam allegedly pointed a handgun at both employees, then
jumped over a fence into the backyard of a home. He was later arrested.


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