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Crime Stoppers tip leads charging of suspect
Houston County Courier - July 2008
By Daphne Hereford
An anonymous tip to Houston County Crime Stoppers on Monday, June 16 reportedly aided law enforcement in identifying a suspect in the Friday, June 6, Sunday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 10 aggravated armed robberies in Crockett.
Casey Carter, 17, of Crockett has been charged in connection with the three armed robberies.
Houston County Crime Stoppers Chairman Chuck Cunningham said that the tipster who provided the information would be paid substantial cash reward.
"We sincerely appreciate citizens utilizing Crime Stoppers to provide law enforcement with information that may assist them in solving crimes," Cunningham said.
Crime Stoppers has rewards ready for payment to six tipsters who have recently provided information useful to local law enforcement agencies including the Houston County Sheriff's Office and the Crockett Police Department.
Cunningham urged any tipster who has recently contacted Crime Stoppers, either by telephone or the website, to contact Crime Stoppers again to arrange to collect the cash reward they are due.
Carter reportedly confessed to the armed robberies Tuesday, June 24 to Crockett Police Department Corporal Sammy Wagner during an interrogation.
According to reports, the first robbery occurred at 1:51 a.m. on Friday, June 6 at the Express Truck Stop located on Loop 304. A female employee was forced at gunpoint to open a cash register.
The suspect reportedly took money from the register and fled the scene.
Then on Sunday, June 8, a suspect fitting the same description reportedly robbed the owner of the Super Shop in the 200 block of South Fourth Street at gunpoint at about 12:11 a.m. and made away with about $1,500 in cash.
The third armed robbery occurred on Tuesday, June 10 at about 7:45 p.m. at the Star USA gas station in the 800 block of North Fourth Street.
Reports indicate a suspect, also fitting the description of the culprit in the other two robberies, made away with $200 and ran into some nearby woods.
Cpl. Wagner said Carter provided a handwritten confession and also admitted to involvement in the robbery of a Valero store in Riverside.
He said other arrests were pending in the case.
Cunningham said Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and charging of individuals responsible for the commission of crimes in the county.