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Teen uses pistol in beer theft
by Gary Kent
Jan 30, 2013 | 3427 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SKIDMORE — A 16-year-old who grabbed beer from a Skidmore convenience store apparently turned a Class C misdemeanor into a first degree felony last weekend when he pulled a gun on a clerk as he fled the store.

According to Lt. Investigator John L. Davis of the Bee County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened at about 9:20 a.m. on Jan. 20 when the Skidmore resident entered Buck’s Quick Stop and grabbed two cases of beer.

The teen ran down the street but a male employee, Andre Gaspard, chased after him.

As the clerk gained on the thief, the teen allegedly turned toward Gaspard, pointed a handgun at him and shouted, “Get back.”

Security video cameras captured images of the incident and deputies were able to identify the alleged thief.

The suspect was located about an hour later at a residence on Sullivan Street in Skidmore. Deputies also found evidence that had been taken from the scene, and the juvenile was taken into custody for investigation of an aggravated robbery charge.

Deputies who assisted in the investigation and arrest included Sgt. Steve Linam, Sgt. Kevin Behr, Deputy Taylor Clevenger and Deputy Adrian Peña.

Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr. commended the deputies for their quick work in apprehending the suspect.

If the suspect is found guilty of the felony charge, he could face up to 99 years or life in prison and a $10,000 fine for his actions.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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