The 18-year-old arrested January 24 after an alleged crime spree that stretched from Conroe to The Woodlands, remains in the Montgomery County Jail, with bond set at a total of $200,000.
Chase Ray Stott, 18, of Willis was charged with four counts of aggravated robbery.
The second suspect was 16-years-old and was arrested and charged, but was not publicly identified because he is a juvenile.
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Multiple armed robbery attempts; Teens arrested
By Jamie Nash
January 24, 2009
THE WOODLANDS- A pair of teens was arrested at The Woodlands Mall on Saturday after an armed robbery spree that began in Conroe a little after 7 a.m. at the Wal-Mart Supercenter located 1407 Loop 336 West.
Chase Ray Stott, 18, of Willis and a 16-year-old (whose identity was not released because of his age) were arrested by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Stott was charged with four counts of aggravated robbery, which is a first-degree felony. The 16-year-old was also charged, but no further information is available because he is a juvenile.
MCSO investigators are coordinating their efforts with the Conroe Police Department.
Public Data shows Stott was arrested in Montgomery County on November 1, 2008 for possession of marijuana.
Lt. Russell Reynolds said reports were taken from victims at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Best Buy in that city.
CPD officers were dispatched to the Wal-Mart parking lot at 7:14 a.m., he said, where a shopper told them she was approaching her vehicle with groceries when the driver of a pickup parked beside her, opened his door and pointed a shotgun at her, which was covered by a beige towel.
“He announced it was a robbery and demanded her cash and wallet,” Reynolds said. “The complainant told him she only had a few dollars and she just lost her job.”
“At that point, he was quiet for a few seconds, then told her ‘forget it, keep it’ and drove away.”
Apparently, the suspects then tried their luck at Sam’s Club next door, at 3000 Westview Blvd., where CPD officers were dispatched at 8:30 a.m.
A man told officers he and his wife unloaded their purchases in their vehicle and the woman was returning the cart to the store when the man was approached by the suspects, who pointed the rifle or shotgun at him and demanded his wallet, Reynolds said.
“As the complainant reached for his wallet, he jumped to the other side of his truck and yelled for his wife to call the police,” Reynolds said. “The suspects then fled toward Wal-Mart.”
Their license plate was covered, but the intended victim gave officers a good description of their vehicle, a blue extended cab GMC pickup with a tool chest and a black door on the driver’s side.
The victims also stated the suspects had disguised themselves, with the driver wearing a cap, sunglasses and something made of cloth covering his face.
About five minutes later, officers were dispatched to the Best Buy store at Interstate 45 and West Davis (SH 105 W.), where a store employee told them of a similar encounter.
“The employee said he was walking to the front door when a vehicle pulled up next to him and a white male wearing a brown hoodie, sunglasses and a tan bandana demanded everything from his pockets,” Reynolds said. “A Hispanic male passenger pointed a camouflage green shotgun or rifle.”
The man gave them his wallet, iPod, keys and phone.
“The driver returned his keys and said he could keep them,” Reynolds said.
The driver then asked the man his shoe size and when the man answered, the driver lost interest and the pair fled.
The credit card company told police the suspects used the victim’s credit card to purchase gas at a local convenience store before traveling south on Interstate 45 to The Woodlands Mall at 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr., where officials say a woman reported that she and her daughter were approached near Macy’s department store. She reported the incident to Macy’s security, who located the vehicle in the parking area near Dillard’s department store.
MCSO deputies responded and arrested the Stott and the other teen, who reportedly had their front and rear license plates covered by paper towels and duct tape.
The vehicle’s license plate is registered to a Willis address.