Nacogdoches Police investigate 5th straight convenience store robbery

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - An early morning robbery has Exxon employees installing a new lock mechanism, one that should bring the store more security.

Nacogdoches Police are investigating, as this is the fifth convenience store robbery in five months, after a man robbed the convenience store on North University Drive early Thursday.

"This is an unusual circumstance,"said Sergeant Greg Sowell of the Nacogdoches Police Department.

According to the report, a black man, walked into the store, located on the 1000 block of North University Drive, and showed a gun, which appeared to be a small semi-automatic pistol, and demanded the money from the register. After getting the money, the suspect ran away from the store, heading eastbound.

The suspect is described with a height between 5'5" and 5'7" and wearing a black nylon coat, black pants, white shoes and he had a blue bandana.

Nacogdoches police are still investigating four other robberies, which occurred during August, October, and November.

Kim Food Mart owner, Sopunna Heng, is the victim of the August robbery. He's still waiting to see justice.

"Right now, we're so disappointed because we didn't get the guy who came to rob us," said Heng.

3 wigged robbers ran into his store, causing 41 seconds of terror, and then took off just as quickly. Since the incident, Heng has installed three more cameras, yet he still feels unsafe, especially during the winter season.

"Gets dark so early, you know, and on the street, it's kind of a little bit quiet, and not too many people want to come out. That's why, you know, we get a little bit nervous," said Heng.

As the sun goes down, and traffic is less frequent in the evening hours, these convenience stores become the first target.

"At the time that these robberies are occurring, they're one of the only businesses that remain open," said Sowell.

"It's not only me, but you know, a few places, they get robbed too," said Heng.

The Nacogdoches Police Department is currently working leads to find those responsible for these crimes.

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