- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona lawmaker say he’s thankful nobody was injured after a robbery at a grocery store that his family owns in Coolidge.

Rep. T.J. Shope was chairing House votes when he learned of the armed robbery Thursday afternoon.

Shope, a Republican, is Speaker pro tem and often runs floor sessions at the stateHouse.

Although it’s not immediately clear what was taken from the store, Shope says he hoped therobbers are arrested and prosecuted. He later tweeted that Shope the had heard from Coolidge Police Chief Harry Grizzle that the 3 suspects were caught and thanked police from Coolidge and the Gila River Indian Community.

Police responded to Shope’s IGA and initial reports indicated that an unidentified man pulled out a weapon during the incident.



Coolidge police said they were searching for the man and two unidentified women.

Coolidge police said the male suspect also was wanted in connection with another theft that occurred Thursday morning in Coolidge.

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