Back-to-back armed robberies occur in Stephenville

By K’Leigh Bedingfield and Dallas Burch – 

A quick turn of events changed the normal Monday afternoon when two armed robberies occurred within minutes of each other in Stephenville, Texas.

According to Erath County police reports, the first robbery took place at Advance America Cash Advance, located on the 22nd block of Washington Street.

The next robbery was reported at Taylor Petroleum only ten minutes later.

Sgt. King of the Stephenville Police Department said that “they believe both of the crimes were connected.”

(Courtesy Stephenville Police Department)

(Courtesy Stephenville Police Department)

The suspects are believed to be two African-American males who drove a black, newer model mustang that has white stripes on the hood and top.

The manager of Taylor Petroleum, Ram Pokhrel, was working on the store’s business accounts when he heard the two suspects walk in.

Pokhrel was confused when the men came up to him out of nowhere, saying “Quick! Open the register,” wearing ski masks and carrying small guns. As the two suspects fled the scene, Pokhrel said the men were dropping cash all the way out of the store and into the parking lot.

Authorities arrived within minutes of the incident, but did not have any leads as to who the two men were. According to the Stephenville Police Department’s Facebook page, the two suspects were caught on camera at Advance America Cash Advance, wearing no ski masks with their faces clearly visible.

Just the day before, on March 17, another armed robbery was reported at the Conoco station located near Tarleton’s Welcome Center.

A campus alert was issued a Monday about the incident, and it is unknown whether this armed robbery is connected to the previous two.

Any information about the incidents should be reported to the Stephenville Police Department by calling (254) 918-1273 or 911.

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