Two arrests could come in a few weeks, APD Chief Bueno said

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

After a year, police are piecing together the puzzle to the armed robbery at Ralph's grocery store where two men stole tens of thousands of dollars and no one has been arrested.

"The Alice Police Department has worked meticulously following every lead that has been brought to us," said Police Chief Danny Bueno in a written statement. "Nearing the one year anniversary of his case, the Alice Police Department is confident that two arrest warrants will be issued in the near future for the individuals responsible for this aggravated robbery. For us to disclose any further details at this time would be inappropriate."

Bueno did thank all of the officers Friday who have worked hard on this case along with the district attorney's office.

"New developments have taken us in a new course," Bueno said. "'Near future' means about two to three weeks."

On July 21, 2006, a Friday morning about 10:40, two armed men wearing masks made their way to the front counter and demanded money from the store clerk at Ralph's grocery store in the 400 block of South Reynolds Street. The men then fled on foot with an undetermined amount of money, police reports said.

According to police, the two suspects were wearing heavy clothing and were masked.

While it was a scare for several store clerks, no one was injured.

Armed police officers, sheriff's deputies and the Department of Public Safety troopers searched the area by car and foot the day of the robbery, but the two suspects were not found. Police put out a Crime Stoppers public announcement asking for the public's help. A surveillance video was aired throughout Corpus Christi television stations, which led to several tips.

"I'm proud of the guys to commit themselves," Bueno said of his officers. "I can assure you that individuals that commit crimes of these types will be apprehended by the police department and arrested sooner or later."