HUNTSVILLE — The Huntsville Police Department arrested Terry Lee Roberts of Huntsville on two charges of aggravated robbery and one charge of robbery in connection with the incidents at the Hardy’s Drive In convenience store, Dollar General store and 1st Convenience Bank occurring over the last two weeks.
HPD Chief Kevin Lunsford said police detectives were assisted by the community in the arrest of Roberts on Thursday.
“Since the release of the suspect’s photos on our Facebook page, as well as local media attention, we have received a number of calls from citizens providing leads to investigate,” Lunsford said in a press release. “Roberts’ arrest came about as a direct result of a citizen tip. We’ve been very fortunate that our citizens work with our officers in getting dangerous criminals off of our streets.”
The first robbery occurred Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Hardy’s Drive In, 339 Highway 75 North. The robber threatened a clerk with a knife and demanded cash from the register, police said.
On Sept. 17, a robber threatened a clerk at Dollar General, 224 Highway 75 North, with a knife and also demanded cash from the register.
The first two robberies occurred at about 9 p.m. Both clerks complied and neither was injured.
The third robbery occurred at about noon Saturday, Sept. 21, at the First Convenience Bank, located at 141 Interstate 45 South. The robber passed a note to the clerk demanding that money from the register be placed in a bag.
Police said the robber made gestures that led the clerk to believe he had a weapon, but none was displayed. Again, the clerk complied and the robber fled the scene with the money.
Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony and carries a possible sentence of five years to 99 years, or life, in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a possible fine not to exceed $10,000. Robbery is a 2nd degree felony and carries a possible sentence of two years to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a possible fine not to exceed $10,000.