Rash of Robberies Hit Lubbock Convenience Stores Hard - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/9/04

Rash of Robberies Hit Lubbock Convenience Stores Hard

Friday afternoon's robbery at Merle Norman makes nearly ten over the past two weeks  Lubbock police say so far this year there have been seventy robberies, almost half of them at local convenience stores.

Of those 70 robberies, 30 happened at convenience stores. Now police are actively searching for a number of suspects and they're asking you to help catch these criminals.

Lubbock police Detective John Gomez sifts through a mountian of paperwork. Eight robberies in 14 days. Including two friday morning. Around 4:40 a.m. a man walked into the 7-11 at 2902 4th street. The man had a sweater draped over his hand and demanded money. 

"We believe some of these robberies are connected to the same person," says Gomez.

Less than an hour later, police believe the same suspect robbed another 7-11, this time on 26th and ave. Q. The man is described as a hispanic male in his mid 20s, 5'8" tall with a medium build. 

"We know there are at least three types of individuals. We have a person described as a white male, one described as a hispanic male and one described as a black male that have been responsible for these seven robberies," says Gomez.

A third 7-11, on 50th and Ave U was robbed Wednesday just after 2 a.m. Police say the man demanded money holding the clerk at gunpoint. That suspect is described as a black male, about 5'7" tall with a thin build.

Over the weekend, another robbery, this time at the Sonic Drive-in at 5202 50th street. Police say around 11 Saturday night, a man showed a car-hop a silver pistol, took her money and then fled the scene.

On Monday evening about 5 o'clock, held up the "Santa Moon" Jewelry Boutique at 6227 Slide Road. The suspect is described as a white male, around 18-years-old.

Gomez says they have a few leads on these suspects but they are asking the public for help. "Witness ID's possible video surveillance still pictues that mau be taken in these robberies. What we try to do is get us much info out to the public to ask for assistance on some of these and getting these people identified," says Gomez.

If you have any information on the suspects or these crimes you are urged to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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