Iowa robbery may have Wellington connection

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner NewsCow
August 14, 2013 - 3:11:14 pm

An Arkansas man arrested for allegedly robbing a Papa Murphy’s Pizzeria in Altoona, Iowa may have connections to the Wellington Subway sandwich shop robbery July 17.

Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath would not confirm the name of the suspect because he has not been formally charged here, but he said the robbery at the chain restaurant on Aug. 7 in the Des Moines, Iowa suburb is part of an investigation that has been turned over to the FBI.

Heath said the suspect is being interviewed in connection with the federal investigation into several robberies in Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota and Iowa.

That includes a robbery that occurred in Wellington after 9:30 p.m. at the Subway at 715 North G Street. According to Wellington Police, an unknown male walked into the eatery, removed a pistol from his waistband and ordered the clerk to hand over the cash from the register.

According to a report in the Altoona Herald, Timothy Patrick Hoyt, 43, of Belle Vista, Ark. has been charged with first-degree robbery and remains in the Polk County Jail on $25,000 bond. He is said to have entered the business, displayed a gun and demanded cash.

He fled with an undisclosed amount of money, officials told the newspaper.

Calls to the FBI Public Affairs Specialist Sandy Breault in the Omaha, Neb. office were not returned.

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