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Police arrest man in fast-food robberies

Medford police have arrested a Phoenix man suspected of robbing a Medford Burger King Tuesday night, as well as hitting a Jack In the Box in Phoenix and attempting a robbery at a Taco Bell in White City recently.

Investigators took Alec Thomas Giese, 19, of the 200 block of Jared Court, Phoenix, into custody this morning and charged him with three counts of second-degree robbery, police said.

Medford police investigating an armed robbery at the Burger King at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Barnett Road found clothing and a toy gun in bushes along Barnett Road that they believed were linked to the crime, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said. When interviewing witnesses after the robbery reported just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, officers gathered details about a vehicle seen in the area and the robber's identity.

A patrol officer spotted the suspect vehicle in the 900 block of Olympic Avenue, Medford, this morning and police set up surveillance around it. Just before 10 a.m., Giese approached the vehicle and was taken into custody.

Investigators from Phoenix and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office joined in interviews at the Medford police station.

The Phoenix Jack In The Box robbery was reported at about 8 p.m. Nov. 10. The robber demanded cash and kept his hand in his pocket in a way that suggested he had a gun, police said. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, disappearing into a neighborhood of homes and apartment complexes along Cheryl Street.

In White City, a robber demanded money from a Taco Bell employee just before 10 p.m. Nov. 13, but the clerk couldn't open the till and the man fled.

— Anita Burke