Police arrest 11, 13, 17-year-old in string of convenience store robberies

Updated: May. 9, 2018 at 1:26 PM CDT
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Jose Gregorio Mata, 17 (Hale County Sheriff's Office)
Jose Gregorio Mata, 17 (Hale County Sheriff's Office)

PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) - Officers with the Plainview Police Department say three teens have been arrested in connection with a string of convenience store robberies in Plainview.

According to officials, On May 8, just after 2:30 p.m., an officer say two females frantically trying to get his attention. They told the officer the Happy Convenience Store was being robbed by two people. When the officer approached the store, he saw a male subject carrying a gun as he walked out of the store.

The officer tried to catch the suspect but he ran to the back of the store.  The suspect met up with another suspect, who was waiting for him behind the store.  Both suspects ran off but were quickly caught by other responding officers.  The suspects, a Hispanic male, 13 years of age and 17-year-old Jose Gregorio Mata, were taken into custody.

The juvenile was turned over to the Juvenile Probation Department and the adult male was taken to the Hale County Sheriff's Department, where they are both being charged with Aggravated Robbery and Evading Detention.

This was the third Aggravated Robbery of a convenience store this year involving young teenage male suspects.  As a result of today's arrests, one additional arrest of an 11-year1old suspect will be made.

On February 28, 2018, at about 9 p.m., the Allsup's Convenience Store, located at 608 S Broadway was robbed by a young Hispanic male wearing a red ski mask.  Witnesses identified him as a very young boy, possibly in his early teens.

On March 12, 2018, at about 2 p.m., the Allsup's Convenience Store located at 608 S Broadway was robbed in broad daylight amongst several witnesses being present.  Witnesses described the robbery suspect as being a very young boy.  Witnesses followed the suspect as he ran from the store.  Witnesses observed the suspect meeting up with two other young boys and ran into the nearby residential area.

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