Deputies from the Chambers County Sheriff’s office were busy chasing, and then catching, suspects from two separate robberies Tuesday.
The first robbery happened at 1:26 a.m. at a Phillips 66 station located in the 8600 block of FM 3180 Tuesday morning, according to Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne. Deputies were dispatched after receiving a 911 call concerning an armed robbery that had just occurred.
“Upon arrival deputies learned that two subjects had entered the store with handguns and ordered the clerk to hand over all of the money,” Hawthorne said. “The two subjects fled on foot to the rear of the store and disappeared into a nearby neighborhood.”
Hawthorne said the robbers took a small amount of cash and cigarettes. He added the clerk was not injured but was shaken up by the ordeal.
While deputies were investigating the first robbery, they were told of another robbery in progress. The second robbery happened at 2:49 a.m. at the Shell Station located in the 15000 block of FM 565, near Interstate 10.
Once deputies arrived at the second robbery, they saw several people running from the store.
They also saw a white Ford pickup truck sitting inside where it had apparently crashed through the windows in an attempt to steal an ATM machine, Hawthorne said.
“Two of the fleeing subjects were able to make it to a vehicle that was parked north of the store and subsequently began to flee in their vehicle,” Hawthorne said.
A chase began with Chambers County Sheriff deputies in hot pursuit along with members of the Mont Belvieu Police Department, the Dayton Police Department, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Hawthorne said spike strips eventually disabled the vehicle and two people were taken into custody near Turner Road and Highway 90 in Jefferson County.
Arrested were Jaden Shelton, 17, of the 8900 block of Strathmore Street in Houston, and Ladarious Toliver, 18, of the 7300 block of Jensen Drive in Houston. Both were transported back to Anahuac and booked into the Chambers County Jail.
“The vehicle they were driving was discovered to be recently stolen from a daycare facility in Houston,” Hawthorne said.
A little while later, deputies in the area of the Shell Station robbery observed someone entering a taxicab at a nearby store who fit the description of one of the robbery suspects.
Deputies stopped the taxi and arrested Alexander Decuier, 17, of the 3900 Block of Caplin Street in Houston.
Decuier, who had earlier fled from the Shell Station robbery when deputies arrived, went to a nearby store and called a taxi to give him a ride back into Houston and out of Chambers County, according to Hawthorne.
“Deputies also learned that the Ford truck that crashed through the glass doors and windows of the Shell Station was also recently stolen from a construction business in Houston,” Hawthorne said.
Hawthorne said there are others involved in the Shell Station robbery that eluded deputies.
“Detectives are working on getting these individuals identified,” Hawthorne said.
“A small amount of money was taken from the Shell Station robbery since the robbers were unable to get the ATM machine loaded and away from the store because they locked themselves out of their get-a-way truck.”
Hawthorne said the robbers crashed the Ford truck through the store while it was still open.
“There were employees inside and everything,” he said. “They were calculating thugs. They put a lot of people’s lives at risk going through a store like this.”
The robberies do not appear to be connected, Hawthorne said.
“Detectives are still sorting things out,” he said.
The Shell Station robbers are being charged with various crimes including aggravated robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, evading law enforcement, and felony criminal mischief.
All three robbers remain in Chambers County jail.
“We are in the process of tracking down more suspects,” Hawthorne said.
If anyone has information about these or any other crimes, call the sheriff’s office at 409-267-2500 or please call the Chambers County Crime Stoppers at 844-860-8477.