Police investigate two armed robberies

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter

A Lubbock man was arrested in connection with the robbery of two Allsup’s Convenience Stores in Portales early Thursday morning.

Police captured Santos Rodriguez, 22, hiding in the attic of residence in an apartment complex at 109 South Avenue I, according to Portales police.

He is charged with two felony counts of armed robbery.

If convicted Rodriguez could face up to 18 years in a state correctional facility, said Sandra Gallagher senior trial prosecutor of the Roosevelt County 9th Judicial District Attorneys office.

“The sentence could be augmented if Rodriguez has been convicted of any prior felonies,” Gallagher said.

The Allsup’s Convenience Store located on North Main Street was robbed when a suspect held up a clerk at knife-point at 2:50 a.m. Thursday said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry.

The male subject demanded cash and also took cigarettes. The clerk from the store was able to provide a description of the vehicle used by suspect, according to a police news release.

A second Allsup’s Convenience store located on the corner of West Second Street and South Avenue J was robbed at 4:50 a.m. by a subject matching the description of the suspect of the earlier robbery. The suspect again used a knife and demanded money from the clerk and took milk coupons from the register, according to the release.

“The officers located a vehicle that matched the description given by the clerk from the first robbery in the parking lot of the apartments on (109) South Avenue I,” Berry said. “Officers spoke with residents of the apartment who saw a subject matching the suspect’s description enter into on of the apartments.”

Once the suspect was located, a warrant to search search the residence for the subject and evidence of the armed robberies was obtained with the help of the DA’s office.

Officers entered the apartment later that morning and located the suspect in the attic and were able to place him into custody without incident, Berry said.

“The amount of money stolen during the robberies is unknown and no money was recovered when the suspect was arrested,” Berry said. “The knife used in both of the robberies was also not recovered.”

Rodriguez is being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on $20,000 bond, according to RCDC personnel.

“This is the first armed robbery of the year in Portales,” Berry said. “There were about five armed robberies last year in Portales.”

Allsup’s officials at the corporate office located in Clovis had no comment about the two armed robberies in Portales.

There are five Allsup’s Convenience Stores located in Portales. The stores are open year-round, 24 hours a day.