Suspect Arrested After Two Bomb Scare Robberies 

February 26, 2008

photo of Nicholas Tehan24-year-old Nicholas Tehan of Mesa was arrested on Monday February 25, 2008, after an alleged Armed Robbery and Armed Robbery attempt in Mesa within a one hour time period.

The first robbery occurred at the Circle K convenience store, located at 809 E. Southern in Mesa at 10:57 am. Tehan allegedly entered the store carrying a duffle bag. He told two store employees that there was a bomb in the bag and he demanded twenty dollars from them. Tehan threatened to detonate the bomb if he did not receive the money. The employees complied with his request and provided him with twenty dollars. Tehan fled the scene in a vehicle and police were notified.

Approximately one hour later Tehan allegedly entered the 7-11 convenience store, located at 2810 E. Baseline in Mesa. He walked into the store with a duffle bag and put the bag on the counter. He told an employee that he had a bomb in the bag and demanded twenty dollars. Once again Tehan threatened to detonate the bomb if he did not receive the money. The employee stalled Tehan, telling him that he was having trouble with the cash register. Tehan again threatened to detonate the bomb if he did not get the money. Tehan then put the alleged bomb near the door and walked outside to the parking lot. Tehan entered his vehicle and began to drive away. He stopped, exited his car and walked back inside of the store. Tehan did not know that the clerk had already contacted the police. Tehan demanded money again. The employee did not give Tehan the money and he exited the store, where patrol officers arrested him without further incident.

A Mesa Police Bomb Technician responded to the scene and checked Tehan's vehicle and the bag for explosive materials. The search produced negative results for any explosive.ces or materials. Tehan was positively identified as the suspect in both robbery investigations. During a post-Miranda interview Tehan admitted to the robberies.

Tehan was booked on suspicion of Armed Robbery and Attempted Armed Robbery. As of this writing, his release and bond status are unknown.



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