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Walmart aggravated robbery suspect also wanted for Family Dollar robbery

Adam Heath Bowers (Source: Lindale PD) Adam Heath Bowers (Source: Lindale PD)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The man wanted in connection to an early morning robbery at Walmart in Lindale on Monday is also a suspect in an aggravated robbery that occurred in Tyler on the same day.

According to the Tyler Police Department, a felony arrest warrant for aggravated robbery was issued for 34-year-old Adam Heath Bowers on Wednesday afternoon. Bowers is wanted by Tyler police for his involvement in a robbery at Family Dollar in Tyler Monday afternoon.

“You’ll see sprees, sometimes same day, sometimes night, it’s not something that happens often in this area,” Sgt. Detective Chad McElyea with Lindale Police, said.

On Wednesday morning, Lindale Police Department announced that Bowers was wanted in connection with an aggravated robbery at Walmart in Lindale Monday morning around 5:30 a.m. Lindale police also issued a warrant for his arrest.

Around 12:40 p.m. Monday, Tyler police responded to a theft and possible kidnapping at Family Dollar located at 3505 Frankston Highway. An unidentified woman contacted police and notified them that a man, now identified as Bowers, had taken her against her will and had left her at the store. The woman later changed her story and confessed that she was not taken against her will after all.

Police say Bowers took several items from the Family Dollar without paying for them. An employee attempted to stop him and followed him out into the parking lot. Bowers reached into his vehicle and removed a weapon from the back. The store employee then stopped her attempt to stop him.

“When he did an associate observed him doing that and the associate tried to stop him for exiting the store and at that point he pulled out a small black handgun,” Sgt. McElyea said.

Just hours earlier in Lindale, Bowers was one of three suspects who robbed a Walmart located at 105 E. Centennial Boulevard.Two male suspects and one female suspect entered the Walmart around 5:30 a.m Monday. The three suspects walked around inside the store for a short period of time before heading to the electronics department. That is when the suspects grabbed various computers and tried to exit the store using a back door. When the suspects opened the back door an alarm sounded, alerting a Walmart associate.

The store associate confronted the three suspects, attempting to stop them from leaving the store with the stolen merchandise. That is when police say one of the suspects pulled out a gun and pointed it at the employee. The suspects told the employee to not try and stop them because they would not be stopped. All three suspects and a vehicle used during the robbery were captured by store surveillance cameras.

“We’re all looking for him. He is considered to be armed and dangerous, so if anybody sees him or thinks they know where he is they need to contact their local law enforcement,” Sgt. McElyea said.

Police say Bowers has a teardrop tattoo just below his right eye and does have a previous record that includes armed robbery.

Anyone with information regarding Bowers' whereabouts is asked to contact either Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000 or Lindale Police Department at 903-882-3313. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers. Submit anonymous tips to 903-597-CUFF (2833).

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