|Thief doesn’t have much luck in convenience store robbery|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Nov. 15, 2006 - Thieves targeted a gas station and a welding equipment store Tuesday, robbing one and stealing $20,000 worth merchandise from another.
The first theft occurred at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday when a man attempted to rob the clerk at E-Z Mart on East Shannon Road. However, instead of leaving with a wad of cash from the register, he only made it out of the store with less than $20 worth of lottery tickets.
According to police information, the robbery suspect was seen hesitating outside the store before going in and heading for the counter. He indicated to the clerk he had a gun in one pocket and would harm her, and demanded money.
The clerk stalled, asking "What money?" several times, until finally the man reached behind the counter and grabbed a $10 lottery ticket, two $1 scratch-off lottery tickets, and three "Bingo" scratch-off lottery tickets, according to police reports.
The robbery suspect was last seen headed south on Helm Lane toward Quail Ridge Apartments. The suspect was said to be a black male with a medium build, estimated to be 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall. He was wearing a black pull-over sweat shirt and a black toboggan, which had eye holes cut out of it and was pulled down over his face.
Etox, a gas and welding supply company on Industrial Drive, was broken into shortly after midnight Tuesday. Police were first alerted something was amiss by an alarm at the business around 12:30 this morning.
When police arrived they found no suspects, but did determine the business had been the victim of a burglary. Among the more than $20,000 in equipment stolen from the store were several welders, a plasma cutter, and numerous other welding accessories, according to Detective Sgt. Monty Tipps with Sulphur Springs Police Department.
A bulletin was put out to all local law enforcement agencies in the area to be on the look out for anyone observed moving welding equipment.
Neither the stolen property nor any leads regarding possible suspects had been revealed midmorning Wednesday, but police said the investigation into that building burglary is still in its early stages.