Several recent armed robberies in the local and surrounding areas displaying the same method of operation have several law enforcement agencies working together in an effort to arrest the suspects while asking for the public’s help in identifying the criminals. From all indications, it is thought these same suspects are responsible for these robberies in several jurisdictions.
According to Liberty County Sheriff’s Investigator J.R. McQueen, it was on Monday, January 8th, at approximately 9:46pm, when two unknown males robbed the Valero Gas Station at 10720 SH 146 in Hardin, Texas. The two male suspects were dressed in black, wearing masks and gloves when they entered the store. One armed with a hand gun went behind the counter while the second person stayed at the door as an apparent look out. Both suspects escaped by running back to CR 2010 on foot after taking cash from the store as well as a customer.
A short time later it was reported that a male suspect attempted to rob the Dollar Store in Daisetta, Texas. It was also reported this subject possibly matched the description of one of the suspects in the Valero armed robbery. However, in this case the store was in the process of closing and the front doors were locked so the suspect fled on foot after failing to open the front door.
McQueen stated that during the investigation of these robberies and the similar M.O. and description, it is believed the suspects could possibly be the same and involved in other armed robberies that occurred on separate dates in the City of Liberty, the City of Dayton, Chambers County and possibly, Walker County. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is working with these other agencies to determine if they are, in fact, related and in securing the identity of the suspects.
At present, security camera video footage is being reviewed to determine a further description and possible identity.
Anyone with information regarding these recent robberies are asked to contact the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 336-4500. They may also contact the Multi-County Crime Stoppers program at (1) 800-392-7867 where a cash reward can be received for information leading to the arrest of the robbery suspects. All identification of person(s)and their “tips” through Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous.