Police Reinstate Shotgun Squads To Prevent Robberies - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/4/05

Police Reinstate Shotgun Squads To Prevent Robberies

"The police department is doing everything that we can to initiate apprehension, to investigate and clear these cases," explains Lubbock Chief of Police Claude Jones. Including deploying special units known as shotgun squads that were last used to patrol convenience stores around the city in the early 90's. A tactic that Chief Jones says will actively target anyone who may be involved in a potential robbery.

"People that commit armed robberies are desperate, they are sometimes drug addicts, it's a very dangerous situation," he says. Like the armed robbery on Tuesday morning that resulted in the murder of Patricia Garcia, a beloved grandmother who worked two jobs to support her family.

Police believe Garcia may have been the victim of one of three overnight convenience store robberies in the same area. "The latest string of robberies we had the other night in which Patricia Garcia was killed and we do believe those three are connected," he says.

Meanwhile, authorities are relying on surveillance video that captured the suspects involved engaged in one of those robberies at an EZ Mart just minutes after Garcia's murder-video that may have captured the murder itself. "We are still looking at different parts to that particular video, but yes, we do believe that it does show the shooting," confirms Chief Jones.

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

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