Second store robbery in a week; man took between $200 - $300

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

A man wearing a Halloween mask robbed the Times Market in the 1400 block of South Reynolds and made off with about $300 at about 11 p.m. Saturday, police report said.

This is the second robbery in one week. Last week, Silva Groceries on Beam Station Road was also robbed.

According to the police report, the man walked into the Times Market on South Reynolds wearing a Halloween mask, a blue long-sleeve dress shirt, blue jeans and brown gloves. The suspect is said to be five-feet seven-inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds, witnesses told police.

The report stated "the suspect was holding a crow bar in his right hand and hit the cash register with it while commanding (the store clerk) to open the register while reaching over the counter."

While the store clerk was attempting to open the cash register, another employee walked in from the back of the store, the report said.

That was when the robber began taunting the other employee and dared him to stop him.

The report goes on to say the suspect reached over and grabbed $20, $10 and $5 bills from the register. The estimated amount taken is between $200 and $300, employees told police.

The suspect fled the scene jumping a fence to a private yard north of the store and ran in a north west direction, the report said. A five-dollar bill near the exit door was recovered at the scene, left behind by the culprit. No arrests have been made, officials said. If caught the suspect could face charges of aggravated robbery.