According to Police Chief Joe Treviño, it was about 8 a.m. when the man walked into the Atlantis Amusement Center in the 800 block of the busy thoroughfare wearing a Halloween mask of a white male and a wool, winter beanie and demanded money.
The clerk in the business at the time said he was given an undetermined amount of cash and he fled the scene on foot.
According to Treviño and Detective Sgt. Art Gamez, the man wore a blue, long sleeve shirt and faded blue jeans. He also carried a multi-colored backpack that looked like something a child would use. The beanie he had on his head is commonly worn in the winter months.
Investigators were unable to accurately describe the face of the mask, but Gamez said it was a mask of a white man.
Treviño said the suspect would be between 5 feet, 8 inches and 6 feet tall and that he weighed between 230 and 250 pounds.
“He was a big guy,” the chief said.
“He displayed no weapon,” Gamez said. He simply demanded money and the clerk complied.
Treviño said there may be someone in the community who knows a man fitting that description who may have been seen carrying a plastic Halloween mask or who might have had such a mask in his vehicle.
If anyone has any information that could lead to an arrest in the case, the chief asked him or her to contact the Beeville Police Department at 358-8100 or the Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers organization.
If Crime Stoppers receives information that would lead to an arrest, the witness who provided the information could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Crime Stoppers may be contacted by telephone at 362-0206 or toll-free at (877) 362-0206.
Computer users may contact Crime Stoppers by email at coastalbendcrimestoppers.com.
Witnesses do not have to identify themselves to collect a reward.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.