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Investigators have made a dent in solving the rash of bank robberies in Salt Lake County.
Deputies, arrested Wade Slaughter for trying to rob a Zions Bank, early this morning. Bank employees and customers managed to keep him, until police arrived.
Officers, also arrested two other men accused of robbing two other banks:
Steven Early, suspected of trying to rob a U-S Bank last week, is a parolee charged with robbing the same bank 6- years ago.
Michael Charles Batie was arrested as the suspect in a Key Bank robbery, in March.
Officials say most bank robberies involve drugs. They also say most suspects don't get away.
Capt. Dave Burdett/Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office: "BANK ROBBERY IS NOT SOMETHING YOU'D REALLY WANT TO STAKE YOUR CAREER ON. NOT A GOOD PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE GET AWAY."
Salt Lake County has seen a dozen bank robberies in the past 2 weeks.
The F-B-I says it is investigating nearly 50 bank robberies between January and April of this year -- compared to 32 during those months last year. Officials don't have an explanation for the sharp rise, except to say that bank robberies often happen in cycles.