According to a joint violent crimes task force, a sophisticated bank robbery ring operating out of northeast Houston has been busted, resulting in 22 arrests and one person at large. Reportedly, charges were filed against all of the people alleged to be involved following an investigation that began in July 2014 due to a Crime Stoppers tip.
Officers with the Lacy Lakeview Police Department have announced that a 20-year-old Fort Worth woman has been taken into custody for allegedly robbing a Lacy Lakeview bank on Dec. 29. According to reports, the robbery occured around 11:40 a.m. at the Extraco Bank on Loop 340.
On Dec. 14, Texas authorities announced that a man accused of robbing a convenient store was taken into police custody. The alleged incident happened at a Corpus Christi store at approximately 1:15 p.m.
Five individuals in Texas face aggravated robbery charges for an incident that was allegedly connected to online dating. According to authorities, a 25-year-old man and a woman whom he had met online were robbed at gunpoint on Nov. 11 at an apartment complex in Tyler. Authorities later detained four men for the alleged incident. Local officials also detained the 20-year-old woman, claiming that she was involved in the robbery.
On Sept. 27, it was reported that a 20-year-old Texas woman was taken into custody after she was accused of shoplifting and injuring one person. A second woman was also thought to have been involved; however, the authorities were still looking for the second individual.
On Sept. 20, a Texas man was accused of assaulting a store clerk after committing a robbery at the Valero gas station in Tyler. The alleged robbery occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Loop 323. According to the store clerk involved, the 22-year-old accused man took a stack of scratch tickets before trying to flee the scene.
On June 27, a U.S. attorney announced that a 23-year-old man from Houston was taken into custody in connection with a bank robbery that took place in Beaumont in eastern Texas. The bank robbery reportedly took place on June 3 at a bank located on Gladys Avenue, where the accused allegedly gave a demand note to the bank teller and displayed a gun by lifting his shirt. He then reportedly left the bank with $2,309.
No one wants to be charged with a crime. The ramifications for being found guilty can be serious depending on the charges one faces. This is particularly true when someone is accused of doing something that leads to the death of another person. The penalties tied to a conviction for such a charge include lengthy prison stays. In Texas, the death penalty may also be sought.
A popular local church was the site of a robbery earlier this month. Lakewood Church, the congregation of which is led by Pastor Joel Osteen, was the site of the crime. According to the Houston Police Department, a total of $600,000 made up of checks and cash, was removed from a safe at the church. In addition, credit card information that was written down and placed in envelopes for donation at a service the previous weekend was also taken. Though the matter is currently under investigation, at this point there isn’t any information regarding suspects.
Each day residents of the Houston, Texas, area find that they have lost property because someone else has taken it. While the items taken vary, there are certain objects all have probably gotten used to hearing about such as cell phones, computers, money and automobiles. Recently a theft in another state made the news as a result of the uniqueness of the item taken. The item was a nearly 300-year-old Stradivarius violin.