Crime Stoppers seeks man who robbed downtown shop
Investigators are trying to identify this man, who they say robbed the High Life Glass Works smoke shop in downtown San Marcos five months ago. VIDEO STILL PHOTOS VIA SAN MARCOS POLICE DEPARTMENT
Police investigators say they have exhausted all their leads five months after a customer chatted up a downtown store clerk then threatened her with a gun, grabbed cash out of the register and ran.
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Hays County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps San Marcos police find a May 26 aggravated robbery suspect. Submit a tip to Hays County Crime Stoppers:
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A pierced, tatted-up Hispanic male strolled into High Life Glass Works, a smoke shop at 313 N. LBJ Drive, at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26. According to police reports, he bought carbon paper used for making body art stencils, mentioning to the woman behind the counter that he was a tattoo artist from San Antonio.
When the clerk opened the cash drawer to make change, he grabbed an undisclosed amount of money; when she tried to close the drawer, the robber threatened the clerk with a gun he claimed to have in his pocket, but apparently never produced. She stopped tussling with the man and he fled on foot north on LBJ Drive in the direction of Texas State University.
Because the man claimed to be armed, the High Life Glass Works robbery is being investigated as aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison. Under the Texas penal code, threats of serious bodily injury or death, or use of a deadly weapon, can be used to impose a 25-year minimum sentence.
Except for photos from the store’s security cameras, San Marcos police say they have little work with and have been unable so far to find the man. On Monday, police released video stills that show a smiling suspect entering the store and approaching the unsuspecting clerk.
The suspect had two pointed, stud “snake bite” piercings in both ends of his mouth and tattoos peaking out from the cuffs of his plaid jacket, possibly sleeve tats. He also may have tattoos on his neck, according to an advisory issued by Hays County Crime Stoppers, which on Monday announced a reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in the suspect’s arrest and indictment.
DISCLOSURE: San Marcos Mercury Publisher Brad Rollins serves on Hays County Crime Stoppers’ board of directors.