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'Bonnie & Clyde' suspects accused of robbing in east valley

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MESA, Ariz. -

Police say they have a real Bonnie and Clyde on their hands.

A man and wife are accused of working as a team to rob east valley businesses.
   
But, the wife tells FOX 10 they felt like they had no other choice and had to feed their four kids.

Luke Broeker is being held on robbery charges while his wife, Shannon, is staying in a Mesa motel with her four kids.

She says he lost his job and they were desperate to feed and shelter their four young boys.

Police say they robbed about 10 stores in the east valley, including Fry's, Walgreens and 7/11.
 
According to police, Luke Broeker would stand in line as if he were a customer and then when he would get to the cashier he would grab money out of the register.

His wife was waiting for him in their van with their four boys, ages one to six.

In an exclusive interview with FOX 10, Shannon Broeker says her husband lost his job and they were desperate for money since his unemployment check hadn't come in and can't get into a shelter.

"He's had maybe five jobs his whole life. I mean, he's a very committed man and for him to go to that extent to take care of his family and no one will help, then there something really wrong with this world," said Shannon Broeker.

"What do you do when nobody will help? What would you do for your children? Seriously, like can you answer that question? What would you do for your kids if they didn't have any food or a place to live, what would you do? she continued.

She says she's only able to stay in the hotel because a woman she stopped to ask for directions actually paid for the hotel, but she only has the room until Friday.

It's not clear why Shannon Broeker is still free.

She hopes to find a shelter where she can stay with her kids.

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