NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A joint effort by the Precinct 4 Constable's Office and the Nacogdoches Police Department resulted in the arrest of a 35-year-old Garrison man who pushed his way past a Walmart employee with a basket full of stolen merchandise on Jan. 20.
Leterrick Twuane Rodgers is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a second-degree felony robbery charge, a state-jail felony credit card/debit card abuse charge, and Class B misdemeanor theft between $50 and $500 charge. No bail amounts have been set for the charges at this time.
According to Pct. 4 Constable David Stone, his office started investigating a woman's allegations that Rodgers had used a stolen credit card to make several unauthorized withdrawals and took $100 in cash from her vehicle. When they ran his name through the system, they found that he had an outstanding robbery warrant from the Nacogdoches Police Department.
Stone said he asked for the Nacogdoches Police Department's help in apprehending Rodgers. As a result of the joint effort, Rodgers was caught without incident in the parking lot of the Polk's Pick It Up at the intersection of State Highway 7 and Loop 224.
Back in late January, Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers sought the public's help in identifying and locating the suspect in the Walmart robbery. According to a press release, the robbery occurred at about 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 20.
The surveillance video shows the suspect being stopped at the store's main entrance by a female employee.
It appears as though the man made a show of going through all of his pockets for the receipt. Then, after a short conversation, the surveillance video shows the man use his shoulder to push past the Walmart employee with enough force that it almost knocked her down.
"The thing is that these things can turn violent at any time, and this one turned violent," said Sgt, Greg Sowell, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department.
According to federal court records, Rodgers was convicted in October 2006 for robbing a bank in Chireno in April of that year. He was sentenced to 54 months and three years of supervised release.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice records indicate that Rodgers was on probation for a felony burglary of a building charge when he allegedly committed the robbery at the Nacogdoches Walmart. According to TDCJ records, he was arrested on the burglary charge on Jan. 27, 2015.