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Suspects sought after Thorndale store hold up

Security camera photo shows closeups during robbery. Security camera photo shows closeups during robbery. Area law enforcement agencies continue to search for two masked men who held up JK’s convenience store in Thorndale Christmas Eve and made off with about $800.

Thorndale Police Chief Fred Keefer traveled to Georgetown Tuesday afternoon to interview four suspects arrested after a Saturday armed robbery in that city.

Keefer told The Reporter Wednesday morning he wou;d make a decision. perhaps as soon as Wednesday afternoon, whether to file charged against the suspects in connection with the Thorndale armed robbery.

Masked men

He said at 3:35 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, two black males wearing ski masks entered the store, armed with handguns and demanded cash from a female clerk.

Keefer said the guns were pointed at the clerk during the robbery

The assailants were photographed on the store surveillance camera.

Keefer said the two took about $800 from the register and fled in a gray or silver 4-door sedan.

Witnesses told police a third man may have been the getaway driver.

Keefer said no one was injured in the robbery.

Georgetown incident

Keefer said police thought the Thorndale robbery might have been linked to a Saturday incident in a Georgetown convenience store.

Police in that city said just before 2:30 p.m. two gunmen entered the Metro Mart, 1911 South Austin Avenue, threatened the male clerk and fled with contents of the register.

Georgetown police later stopped a car matching the description of one seen at the Metro Mart robbery and arrested 20-year-old Eddie Polk and 21-year-old Ashton Roland of Manor, 20-year-old Natairrea Yett of Hutto and 19- year-old Jose Hernandez, address not available.

Those were the four suspects interviewed by Keefer on Tuesday.

1985 murder

The same convenience store was the site of a store clerk’s murder almost 25 years in a robbery attempt that also occurred during the holiday season.

Mamie White, 44, a clerk in what was then Thorndale Circle K, died instantly Jan. 3, 1985, from a shotgun blast.


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