Police investigating robbery at local convenience store

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 25, 2007 - Robbers made off with an estimated $84 early this morning in what is being investigated as a robbery at a local convenience store.

Police were called to the E-Z Mart store at 1441 East Shannon  Road about 2:40 a.m. today.

The clerk told officers a red 4-door passenger car had backed into a parking space at the store. A black male wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans, a baseball cap, gloves, and a white cloth over his face came into the store. He walked to the counter and told her to give him all the money in the cash register, pointing his finger at her as if it were a gun.

The clerk put the money in the bag he'd provided. The robber then lifted the cash drawer to see if there was more money underneath, then walked out and got back into the car. It was last seen headed east toward Interstate 30.

The clerk, understandably flustered, said she didn't know what make the vehicle was and was unable to get a license plate number.

The store was equipped with a video surveillance system, but it apparently was offline at the time. After the store manager arrived, she found out the security cameras had registered an "error" code at 1:30 a.m. and the system had shut down. When she rebooted the system, there was no video of the incident.

Police may have a lead in the case, however. A clerk at another store told an officer that she encountered a similar vehicle on Tuesday, June 19.

The clerk told the officer the small, red 4-door car was carrying three men. One got out of the car, came in, went to the bathroom, looked around the store, the stood at the end of the counter while several customers came and went. The man later left without buying anything, but the incident made the clerk nervous, and she took down the license plate number of the car.

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