Police arrested a man they say committed five robberies around Colorado Springs in three days after the suspected getaway vehicle was spotted by officers during an unrelated call.
Jason Eddleman, 26, was booked into the El Paso County jail and held on a $500,000 bond, court records show.
According to police, the robberies began Monday evening when a man robbed the Burger King restaurant at 2730 S. Academy Blvd., followed by an armed holdup about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carl's Jr., 1980 S. Academy Blvd.
Later Tuesday night, the Entertainmart at 651 N. Academy Blvd. was robbed by a man who was caught on surveillance footage holding a semi-automatic handgun.
Police said Eddleman also is the suspect in two 7-Eleven convenience store robberies, the first at 11:13 p.m. Tuesday at 331 S. Hancock Ave. and the second at 3:35 a.m. Wednesday at 450 N. Murray Blvd., both at gunpoint.
According to witness statements, a blue mini-van was spotted at more than one scene, which detectives discovered was reported stolen.
The mini van was spotted by officers in the 1400 block of Alvarado Drive at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday during an unrelated call. As police watched, three people got in the van. All three men were taken into custody without incident, police said. It is unclear if the other two men were arrested.
Police are looking for a second man spotted in surveillance footage from the Entertainmart.
Anyone with information can call police at 444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.