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Ex-journalist arrested; supsected in beauty salon robberies

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Perry White, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. Perry White

    Perry White Active Member


    A former Valley journalist is suspected of being the "Salon Bandit" who robbed three Scottsdale beauty salons and as many as six other businesses, investigators said Monday.

    Joseph William Watson III was arrested Friday at a poker table at Casino Arizona, Indian Bend Road and Loop 101.

    Watson, 35, a former Phoenix New Times reporter and a former correspondent for The Arizona Republic, could face six counts of armed robbery in connection to a rash of March heists in Scottsdale, including the three salons robbed just hours apart. Other charges are pending.
    Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark said that Watson admitted to the crimes and told detectives he was driven to steal to cover gambling debt.

    Watson also worked as an editor at Arizona State University's State Press student daily newspaper and at Phoenix's 944 magazine, and was published in Food and Wine and the Cape Cod Times.

  2. Bob Slydell

    Bob Slydell Active Member

    Anybody know if he posted here?
  3. Riddick

    Riddick Active Member

    This sounds about right, considering how much we make. I may have to go to a salon right after work.
  4. EE94

    EE94 Guest

    probably kept trying to hit that inside straight
  5. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    First the CBS techie knocking over a bank in Augusta and now this....

    Media gone wild.
  6. Riddick

    Riddick Active Member

    We're gonna have our own tv show pretty soon. Probably right after "America's Favorite Car Chases."
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