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March 17th, 2010
Authorities seek info on outlet center robber, sentence mall carjacker


Police are trying to identify a man who displayed a gun and knife to rob the Levi store in the Tanger Outlet center in January. Meanwhile, a Buda man has been sentenced to 25 years for a carjacking in May at Prime Outlets across the street.

On Jan. 15, a man entered a storage room in the back of the store where he ordered an employee to stuff money from a safe into a gray backpack. The robber hogtied the employee with packing tape and fled out the back door, setting off an alarm as he made off with about $2,000.

Just as the robber left, another employee ntered the storage area where she found her co-worker on the ground with his hands bound to his ankles behind his back. She later said she not notice anything suspicious in the store front during the robbery where she was helping customers, calling into doubt the assailant’s claim that two others were helping in the heist.

The suspect is described as possibly Hispanic and wore a baggy navy blue windbreaker, baggy black jeans, gloves and a black bandana over his face.

Hays County Crimestoppers is offering an award up to $1,000 for information that leads to arrest and indictment of the suspect or suspects. They can be reached at 1-800-324-TIPS (84777) and callers can remain anonymous.

Trinidad Olivares

In an unrelated case, Trinidad Olivares, 20, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery in addition to a two year state jail sentence for evading arrest in a motor vehicle. The punishment was handed down March 8 by 22nd State District Court Judge Jack Robison.

Olivares was arrested May 11 after he used what turned out to be an air gun to carjack a woman and her son and led police a miles-long wild chase. He was finally stopped on Texas 21 near High Road when San Marcos police officers used a Pursuit Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver to end the pursuit.

Olivares was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jesus Nvar.

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