Levelland Police have had a busy week responding to a variety of calls, two of them at the same convenience store.
Levelland police responded on Wednesday night at approximately 7:20 pm to the Stripes Convenience store on West Avenue in reference to a theft which had just occurred. The suspect had reportedly fled the scene prior to officers arriving, however a store associate was able to identify the suspect. Officers immediately left the store and tried to locate the suspect who was also known to officers. He was last seen running north from the store on West Avenue. They were not able to locate the suspect and went back to the store to make a report. The assistant manager was able to provide officers with surveillance video which showed the suspect stealing a USB charging cable for an Iphone valued at $21.00. He reportedly concealed the item inside his jacket, spoke to a store associate and then left the store.
Officers were later able to locate the suspect and attempted to question the individual about the incident, however, he refused to talk to officers. The report stated that after a record check the suspect was found to have two or more previous convictions of theft. Police continue investigating for Theft with two or more previous convictions.
Officers responded to the same Stripes on Tuesday night for a report of someone vandalizing their ice machine with a permanaent marker. The suspect was seen fleeing the scene as officers arrived. Officers stopped two subjects at the end of the parking lot for the store, one of the suspects admitted to having a marker in his pocket. Police noted that the individual with the primary suspect was criminal trespassed from the store.
The suspect which initially admitted to having the marker then denied having a marker, it was later found in weeds where he threw it out. Jimmy Matamore, 27 of Levelland was arrested for tamering with evidence with intent to impair an investigation and Billy Washington, 27 of Levelland was arrested for criminal trespass. This case remains under investigation.