Sonic Drive-Ins make security changes after robbery

A man with a gun robbed the Sonic Drive-In on John Stockbauer Drive about 11:55 p.m. Jan. 31. He forced four employees into a walk-in cooler and emptied the store's safe. Management is implementing changes at all of their Victoria and Hallettsville stores to secure a safer workplace for employees. Photo contributed by Sonic Drive-In management Mark Shoemake.
  • LOCATIONS

  • Changes will be made to the following Sonic Drive-In locations:

    3004 N. Navarro St., Victoria

    3008 Houston Highway, Victoria

    3603 John Stockbauer Drive, Victoria

    8707 N. Navarro St., Victoria

    1624 N. Texana St., Hallettsville

Sonic Drive-Ins in Victoria and Hallettsville are making security changes in the wake of an armed robbery in January.

In the next couple of weeks, business hours at the stores will change, said operations manager Mark Shoemake.

Doors will lock after 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The drive-thru will remain open until its normal closing time, Shoemake said.

A lone gunman robbed the North John Stockbauer Drive location about 11:55 p.m. Jan. 31, forcing four employees into a walk-in cooler. He then emptied the safe.

"We are very fortunate and blessed that no one was injured during the robbery," Shoemake said. "We are very proud of our employees, as they followed our safety procedures perfectly."

In addition to security cameras already in place at the location, Shoemake said changes will be made to outside lighting, including adding night vision cameras and upgrading the outside lighting.

The Victoria Police Department is investigating the robbery. Lt. Mike Hernandez, a department spokesman, said there are no new developments.

A $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone helping the police or Sonic Drive-In with information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 361-572-4200.