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Citrus Heights police report two arrests in multistate crime spree

Two people wanted in connection with armed robberies in multiple states, including one Citrus Heights, have been arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail.

Citrus Heights police reported that Michael Ortiz, 33, and Chanzie Cox, 27, were apprehended with the assistance of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

Citrus Heights detectives have confirmed 11 robberies allegedly committed by Ortiz and Cox during the course of a crime spree that spanned numerous jurisdictions in California and Colorado, according to a police department news release. Police said Ortiz was armed with a stolen gun when he was apprehended.

The alleged victims include a Domino’s Pizza restaurant in Citrus Heights.

According to online booking information, Cox was arrested Monday by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Ortiz was arrested Thursday by Citrus Heights police.

Ortiz was booked on suspicion of robbery, knowing a concealed firearm was stolen, possession of controlled substances while armed with a firearm, and possession of narcotics and specified non-narcotics.

Cox was booked on suspicion of several offenses, including robbery, conspiracy and driving in a reckless manner to evade a police officer.

Police say detectives believe there are additional unidentified victims throughout California, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Oregon. Individuals or businesses who think they may have been among the victims are asked to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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