A 59-year-old man arrested in reference to a bank robbery in South Lubbock can be going through expenses in reference to an unrelated armed theft at a comfort retailer earlier that day.
David Chambliss is charged with a depend of aggravated theft, a first-degree felony that carries a punishment of 5 years to life in jail.
His cost stems from the investigation into a Feb. 24 armed theft on the EZ Mart comfort retailer within the 7400 block of Ave. Q.
Lubbock police workplaces responded about 4:10 a.m. to the shop and met with a retailer clerk who mentioned a person threatened him with a knife to open the money register, in keeping with an arrest warrant.
Video from the shop’s safety cameras captured the theft. The video confirmed a person carrying a blue Dallas Cowboys cap, a crimson plaid shirt and blue denims, enter the shop and head to the fountain drink station.
The shop clerk may very well be seen going to the person. The clerk advised police he was answering the person’s questions concerning the drinks.
Later, the video exhibits the person method the money register and place the drink on the counter.
Nevertheless, the person may very well be heard threatening the clerk, telling him, “You bought some money? Let me inform you one thing, if you happen to do not you do not you are going to get damage. You are gonna get damage, boy, I am telling you open that money register,” the warrant states.
The robber may very well be heard repeating his calls for to open the register, telling the clerk, “Ohh, you wanna get killed.”
The clerk may very well be heard replying, “No.”
Because the robber repeatedly demanding the clerk open the register, he may very well be seen drawing a knife from his pocket and lunging on the clerk with it, the warrant states.
The video exhibits the clerk battle to open the register. He later advised officers that he couldn’t keep in mind open the money register as a result of he was terrified. He advised police he was anemic and was afraid of being stabbed.
The video confirmed the robber making an attempt to climb over-the-counter however ran out of the shop when the clerk ran to the workplace.
Later that day, Lubbock cops responded to the Financial institution of America department at 5144 82nd St. for a report of a theft.
An preliminary investigation indicated the robber, who was wearing a plaid shirt, approached a teller, handed them a word demanding cash and threatened the teller if they didn’t comply, in keeping with a Lubbock police information launch. The teller gave the suspect an undisclosed sum of money and the suspect left the financial institution and fled by automobile.
An worker acknowledged Chambliss as a buyer of the financial institution. Officers positioned a license plate quantity for a automobile related to Chambliss, and located that the license plate had lately been scanned at an space lodge.
Officers discovered Chambliss at Prolonged Keep America within the 4800 block of South Loop 289, and arrested him in reference to the financial institution theft.
He was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Middle.
In the meantime, a detective investigating the EZ Mart theft was knowledgeable that Chambliss was a probable suspect in his case. Pictures of the robber from the shop’s safety cameras matched photos from Chambliss’ Fb account, the warrant states.
A detective spoke with Chambliss, who reportedly admitted to robbing the shop.
“I simply went in there and he would not open the money register,” Chambliss reportedly advised the detective.
He reportedly advised police he was making an attempt to get cash to feed his dependancy to cocaine, the warrant states.
Chambliss additionally faces a federal depend of financial institution theft and is about to look at the moment earlier than a U.S. Justice of the Peace choose for an preliminary look.
Federal prosecutors have filed a movement to maintain Chambliss in jail throughout his case, stating that he’s a flight threat and a hazard to the neighborhood, in keeping with court docket information.