Squads were dispatched to the Walgreens on South Robert Street just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on reports of an armed robbery in progress.

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WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. - Police in West St. Paul say they have arrested a man suspected in the armed robberies of three local pharmacies.

Squads were dispatched to the Walgreens on South Robert Street just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on reports of an armed robbery in progress. By the time officers arrived they noticed a man trying to flee the parking lot in a vehicle. One West St. Paul officer used his squad car to push the suspect's vehicle into a snow bank.

The suspect, a 38-year-old Minneapolis man, was immediately arrested without further incident. Investigators believe he is the same man who robbed pharmacies in West St. Paul last week.

West St. Paul Police Chief Manila Shaver credits witnesses and Walgreens staff members for promptly calling 911. Shaver says the speed at which witnesses called, and the reaction of 911 dispatchers was critical to getting officers to the scene in time to catch the suspect.