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Nacogdoches Co. liquor store robbery suspect allegedly high on meth during crime

Clifton Wheeler (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail) Clifton Wheeler (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a suspect in the armed robbery that occurred at the Papa Bill's Liquor Store on US Highway 259 on April 22. The suspect allegedly told investigators that he was high on meth during the robbery and was unable to get into the cash register.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said that his investigators had been actively working on the case for months, but they got a break in the case from an ongoing NCSO drug investigation.

Clifton Dwain Wheeler, 41, of Nacogdoches, was originally arrested on a third-degree felony warrant for failing to comply with registration requirements for a sex offender on Sept. 26. Earlier this week, Wheeler was also charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery.

Collectively, his bail has been set at $100,000.

According to a press release issued Thursday, NCSO deputies responded to Papa Bill's Liquor store on US 259 on April 22 in reference to a robbery. During the robbery, a white male armed with a gun entered the store and ordered both clerks into the cooler.

No one was hurt in the robbery, according to the press release, and investigators could not find anything missing from the store. Even though authorities searched the area, the suspect was not found.

On Oct. 1, Wheeler was interviewed at the sheriff's office after investigators received information that he was possibly involved in the robbery.

“Wheeler gave sheriff investigators a confession of how he ordered both clerks inside the cooler and then attempted to remove money from the register,” the press release stated. “Wheeler admitted to investigators that he was high on meth during the time of the robbery and needed more money to buy drugs.”

During the interview, Wheeler allegedly admitted that he could not figure out how to open the cash register.

NCSO investigators obtained an aggravated robbery warrant on Wheeler on Oct. 2.

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