Deja vu bandits? Police arrest 2 suspected of robbing 2 stores twice (Video)

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:13 a.m.
Updated Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:14 a.m.

Officials think the suspects robbed four times but targeted only two Victoria locations, going on an odd déjà vu crime spree.

Police arrested two Victoria men Tuesday who may be connected to the string of recent convenience store robberies.

William Adames, 26, and Benjamin Ramirez, 27, were apprehended by police and Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputies at 10:43 a.m. at the Conoco Phillips gas station and Fastop convenience store, 1801 N. Delmar St.

Sgt. Eline Moya said the pair had just made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and were backing out of a parking space in a black Honda four-door car when they were stopped.

Police found a weapon at the scene, but declined to say what type.

Adames and Ramirez face robbery charges and are being held in the Victoria County jail.

"This is a good day for Victoria," Moya said. "The partnerships we have helps get these criminals off the streets."

Investigators believe Adames robbed the same store about 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

They also think he and Ramirez twice robbed a Pit Stop convenience store in the 1500 block of East North Street - once at 5:33 p.m. Saturday and again at 7:15 p.m. Monday.

Clerks in at least two of the incidents said a man wearing glasses implied he had a gun underneath his hoodie.

Moya could not say what was similar about the robberies because the investigation is ongoing and more suspects may be involved.

She said it is unusual for robbers to strike the same place twice.

"You sometimes have to think like a crook ... but every criminal is different," Moya said.

She said police would continue to patrol and advise clerks to comply with a robber's demands for their own safety.

"Every situation is different ... but we don't tell them to fight back," she said. "Just survive. That's the main thing."



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