Victoria Police seeking robbery suspect

Sonny Long

Aug. 21, 2013 at 3:21 a.m.

Victoria police are seeking two suspects in a series of ATM burglaries at four convenience stores on Tuesday.

Victoria police are seeking two suspects in a series of ATM burglaries at four convenience stores on Tuesday.

Victoria police continue to search for a second man who used a gun Tuesday night to rob a convenience store.

Marcus Bergh, 24, of Bloomington, the driver of the suspected getaway car, remains in custody in the Victoria County jail.

Bergh was arrested soon after Tuesday's robbery of Fastop Foods in the 2100 block of Lone Tree Road.

Police had responded to a robbery in progress at 11:05 p.m. when a white or Hispanic man wearing a light colored hoodie, dark colored bandana over his face, white gloves, blue jeans and a black hat entered the store, brandished a handgun and demanded money, according to a news release from the police department.

The robber fired the gun once and left with an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. No one was injured, according to the news release.

A Chevrolet Cruze described as the getaway car was pursued by police on Lone Tree Road. A man fitting the description of the robbery suspect fled toward Delmar Street.

A handgun and cash were found inside the car, according to the news release.

Bergh was charged with aggravated robbery and possession of marijuana.

A few minutes before the robbery, police were called to a convenience store in the 1500 block of East North Street because a man wearing a gray hoodie and black bandana on his face was trying to enter the store, Victoria police Sgt. Adam Nieto said Tuesday night.

The front door of that store was locked, and the suspect left, Nieto said.

ATM burglaries

Victoria police also are seeking suspects in a string of convenience store ATM burglaries earlier Tuesday.

"There has been no identifiable link connecting the ATM burglaries with Tuesday night's aggravated robbery," said Lt. Mike Hernandez, police department spokesman. "All continue to be under investigation."

Suspects entered four separate convenience stores Tuesday and targeted the ATMs, according to a police department news release.

They concealed their identities with masks and pried open the machines and removed the cash.

An estimated $10,000 in $20 bills was taken in total from the four locations, according to the news release.

The suspects appear to be white or Hispanic men. One is heavy set, and the other is slender. The slender suspect appears to have tattoos covering both calves and one on the back of his neck. They may be using a small blue car, according to the news release.

Anyone with information on any of these crimes is asked to call Sgt. Jason Turner with the Victoria Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 361-485-3730. Information may also be provided via Crime Stoppers at 361-572-4200.



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