Police still searching for suspect connected to Dollar General robberies

By SONYA ROBERTS-WOODS/Publisher

The Mount Pleasant Police Department still needs the public’s help in capturing the suspect or suspects wanted in connection with two recent store robberies.

For the second time in less than a month, two Dollar General stores in Mount Pleasant have been robbed.

   The most recent incident occurred Jan. 15 at 5:23 p.m. at the 1301 E. Ferguson Road location on Highway 49 East.  An armed black male entered the store wearing all black clothing including a black hoodie.

   “It’s too early to say if it’s the same person at both locations because there are some details that are different,” explained Mount Pleasant Assistant Police Chief Kyle Holcomb.

   In the most recent robbery, the suspect left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money headed in the direction of Choctaw Street towards P.E. Wallace Middle School.

   “If anyone remembers seeing the subject in the store, the parking lot or on foot at or around that time Tuesday evening, please give us a call,” Holcomb said. “We really need the public’s assistance in this case. There were people inside and outside of the store when this all occurred and no one called 911.”

   The first Mount Pleasant Dollar General store was robbed on Dec. 28, just after 11 p.m. Officers responded to a report of a robbery at the 1124 North Jefferson Ave. location. In that instance, an unknown black male, about 5’5’ to 5’6’ in height, entered the store wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, jeans with a design on the back pockets and black and red shoes. The suspect, wearing a mask and displaying a 6” barrel gray revolver, followed the employees to the safe where he filled a store bag with money and reportedly left on foot.

  Wearing a similar mask as the Dec. 28 incident, a suspect also robbed Security Finance in Mount Pleasant the morning of Dec. 22. Police have reason to believe the two December incidents could possibly be linked.

   The Northeast Texas Area Crime Stoppers mostly recently featured the Dec. 28 incident as the Crime of the Week and set a guaranteed reward of $1,500 for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect in these cases. Tipsters will remain anonymous. Contact the Northeast Texas Area Crime Stoppers at 903-577-TIPS (8477) or call the Mount Pleasant Police Department Criminal Investigations Division