Dramatic Increase in Robberies - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/27/02

Dramatic Increase in Robberies

Lubbock Police are on the lookout for yet another bandit involved in a robbery early Wednesday morning. Just after 3:30 a.m., a man robbed the E-Z Mart in the 2200 block of University. The surveillance video shows the man wore a pillow case over his head with holes cut for his eyes. Armed with a crow bar, he told the clerk to give him the money in the register.

The man is described as white male, about 5' 5" tall. He was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, and Adidas shoes. Wednesday morning's hold-up makes four in four days here in Lubbock. They started around 9:15 Sunday night, at Bill's Drive-In on Idalou Road. Police say a white man robbed the drive-in clerk.

The second, about 12 hours later, was at the 7-11 in the 800 block of Avenue Q. Police suspect a black man in that robbery. A short time after that, police say a hispanic man robbed an employee at the Taco Bell in the 1400 block of 19th St. Convenience store robberies are not uncommon, but police say the holiday season seems to bring out more bandits than at any other time.

"I can say here that I'm not scared, and I can try to act tough and when the time comes and somebody pulled a knife or gun on me, believe me, I'm going to be scared and so are all my employees," says Kings Food and Gas store owner Robert Ramirez. Even after 11 years in the business, Ramirez says you can never be too safe.

"They just came through the back door and the alarm went off, so automatically, the cops got called and they came up here and they called us," says Amber Chaney, Fast Gas assistant manager.

Amber works at Fast Stop, on the other side of town. Her business was burglarized only six months ago, luckily no one was in the store when it happened. But this time of year, Amber says that she's not taking any chances. "Every holiday season we get more people in here to work, we don't leave just one person, we close early," Amber says.

Lubbock Police Detective John Gomez says increasing the number of employees will help keep thieves away. "The best advice is to stay calm and try to take a mental picture of the suspect," says Gomez. "We're taught to start with the head and look at their hat, their eyes, their hair, and down to their clothes."

So, with your help and the help of surveilance video, Gomez says they can catch these holiday bandits no matter how clever the disguise. To report information about any of the past four robberies, you can call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000 .

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