TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - A man hanging out at the Family Dollar store in Trinity with his wife was the victim of two unrelated robberies that occurred within the span of a week.
One suspect was arrested on June 12, and the other was arrested on Thursday.
According to the arrest affidavit, Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones was dispatched out to the town's Family Dollar store on June 12 in reference to a report of theft. When he arrived on the scene, a man told the chief that he and two store employees had caught a woman stealing merchandise from the store.
Jones approached a vehicle that the man and the two Family Dollar employees were standing around a car with Jessica Diane Gregory, 26, sitting in it. According to the affidavit, Gregory kept saying that it was all a misunderstanding and that she had enough money to pay for the merchandise.
After Gregory kept yelling at the man and the two female employees, Jones placed her in temporary custody in the back of a patrol unit until he could get the situation sorted out. Jones talked to the two store employees, and one of them told him she was stocking merchandise when she heard the alarm at the front door go off.
The employee followed Gregory outside and told her that she needed to come back inside the store, according to the affidavit. Gregory allegedly refused to stop and continued toward her vehicle.
The employee and her husband approached Gregory's vehicle and asked her to show them the items in her purse, the affidavit stated. As Gregory was digging through her purse, it fell over and items that looked like merchandise from the store fell out.
Gregory then put the vehicle in reverse and hit the male complainant in the leg with her car door, the affidavit stated. Jones looked at the man's leg and noticed markings resembling the car door's shape.
One of the store employees told Jones that she took the suspicious items from Gregory's purse and put them on the sidewalk in front of the store. Several items had Family Dollar stickers on them, according to the affidavit.
When Jones went inside the store with the two employees, they showed him the shelf they thought the items had been taken from. It was almost empty, and one of the employees told the chief that the shelf had been fully stocked earlier that day.
Jones asked Gregory if she had purchased any of the items, and she said she had bought them during previous trips to the store. Finally, she admitted to taking a small bottle of body spray, according to the affidavit. The charge was upgraded to robbery, which is a felony, because Gregory allegedly struck the male complainant with her car door as she was trying to leave.
The second robbery occurred Thursday night. Trinity Police Officer Larry Barak was dispatched to the same Family Dollar store about a theft in progress.
When he arrived on the scene, he found a store employee and her husband standing next to a black Chevrolet pickup with a woman sitting in it. Barak recognized the woman in the truck as Misty Mangum Sizemore, 24.
The TPD officer also noticed that the man was using a paper towel to clean up two small cuts on his arm. The complainant held up his arms and said Sizemore caused the injuries when he tried to stop her from leaving, according to the affidavit.
The man's wife, a store employee, told Barak that Sizemore was acting suspiciously before she went into the store's restroom. The woman told her co-worker to check the bathroom when Sizemore left to see if there were any torn-open packages. When the second employee found opened packages in the bathroom, she yelled to the front of the store to warn her co-worker.
The employee told Barak the merchandise was in Sizemore's purse. When the TPD officer asked Sizemore for the merchandise, she told him she didn't have her purse. After Barak spotted the purse sitting on the pickup's backseat, Sizemore handed it to the officer.
After Barak asked the employee for the empty packages, he matched them to a bottle of LA Colors nail glue and some loose fake fingernails that matched the package of LA Color French nails, according to the affidavit.
When Barak asked Sizemore about the items, she allegedly said the packages "came open by accident and she was put them in her purse until she could pay for them." According to the affidavit, Sizmore told the TPD officer that the Family Dollar employees never gave her a chance and that the employee's husband grabbed her arm for no reason and "she was only running to get away from him."
The store employees told Barak that an unidentified white man was with Sizemore in the store. However, he ran off when he heard that the store employees were calling the police.
The store employee told the TPD officer that she confronted Sizemore about the stolen items, but she denied it and tried to leave, the affidavit stated. At that point, the store employee told her husband to lock the front door.
As the man reached for the lock, Sizemore allegedly ran straight at him and pushed through the doors. According to the affidavit, the man then stood in front of Sizemore to keep her from getting in her truck. Sizemore allegedly grabbed and scratched him to get around him.
The male complainant then reached into the pickup and held the gear shift lever to keep Sizemore from putting her vehicle in gear.
That was when Barak arrived on the scene, the affidavit stated.
Sizemore's charge was upgraded to robbery because she allegedly pushed past the employee's husband and scratched him as she was trying to get away.