HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — An ABC13 report about a fake cop targeting pharmacies and stealing powerful painkillers helps lead to the man’s arrest.
It’s a story we first told you about on ABC13 Tuesday night.
Investigators say the man had been posing as a fake police officer since September, wearing a hat or t-shirt with the word “police” on them to gain the trust of store employees.
Images from his latest robberies at two Walgreens stores near the Harris County/Montgomery County line made national news.
ABC13 was the only station there when the suspect was taken in to central booking early Thursday morning.
He was in handcuffs as he walked in to be questioned by detectives. He did not talk as he was led inside.
Authorities say an Eyewitness News viewer saw the initial ABC13 report on the robberies and called the police, leading to the man’s arrest.
Investigators believe he held up pharmacies in Friendswood, Missouri City, Houston, Harris County and Montgomery County.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as 32-year-old Travis Lee Wilson. Investigators connected him to a robbery that happened on Monday at a Walgreens in Spring.
According to the sheriff’s office, a vehicle tied to the robbery was located in the Alvin area. Law enforcement moved in and arrested Wilson after a witness positively identified him in a photo lineup.
Authorities searched Wilson’s Ford Expedition and found a black shirt with “POLICE” sprawled on it, a fake plastic badge and a toy gun. The sheriff’s office also found in the man’s apartment several patches of Fentanyl, which investigators believe was taken in the Walgreen robbery.
A witness told authorities the suspect is the same guy who pretended to be a police officer during Hurricane Harvey and told people to leave their homes when they didn’t need to. Looting may have been a motive then.
Wilson was slated to appear in court for the first time this morning. He is expected to be charged with felony aggravated robbery.