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Three East Texas Convenience Stores Hit Overnight

Three East Texas stores are hit in an overnight crime spree, allegedly done by the same two men.  They are on the loose tonight, but not before security cameras got a good look at them.   According to Tyler police, the men first broke into the Valero Gas Station on Troup Highway.   Police say the men then robbed both the food fast on Troup and Kensington drive, and another Valero station on Shiloh Road.  It's a crime spree that have police and store owners on high alert.  

Around midnight, Sliem Hussien got a call his Valero gas station had been broken into.

"We watched the camera and saw two guys come inside the store," said Hussien.  "They opened the door in the back and stole some cigarettes and were looking for money."  The owner says the thieves were only able to get away with a small amount of cash, but the two men were not done just yet.    

Video, taken an hour later from inside the Food Fast, shows the men quickly running in with white sheets over their heads and demanding from the clerk.  They told the clerk to give them all the money, even the money from under the counter, which the clerk told them there was no money.  After taking all the money from the register, the two robbers fled on foot. Their next target, the Valero on Shiloh Road, where police say the two men robbed the clerk and stole about $500.00.

"For some reason they are starting to pick up now, so all our officers will be watching convenience stores pretty closely," said Officer Don Martin, Tyler Police Department.  With the robbers still on the loose police are asking for anyone that may have seen these two men to come forward.   Police say the alleged robbers face both aggravated robbery and commercial burglary charges.

Molly Reuter, Reporting.


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