A violent armed
robbery crew thought to be responsible for a string of drug store heists has
been taken down through a joint operation by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office
and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Officers arrested three suspects on the night of Tuesday, May 14 after they
robbed a Walgreens store in the 8400 block of Stella Link. They were found in
possession of guns, masks, gloves, and more than $3,000 in stolen cash. The
suspects are believed to be responsible for a string of six other Walgreens
robberies that began May 2.
“I want to congratulate the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Texas DPS
investigators who worked around the clock to identify and arrest the members of
this dangerous crew, who terrorized Walgreens employees and patrons during this
robbery spree,” said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “Thanks to their efforts, these cases
have been solved before anyone was seriously hurt.? ??
“These arrests highlight the benefits of our partnership with our fellow law
enforcement agencies as we collaboratively address violent crime in Southeast
Texas,” said Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Jason Taylor.
“Thanks to the diligent efforts of the skilled investigators from the DPS and
Harris County Sheriff’s Office, these violent felons have been taken into
Aggravated robbery charges for the May 14 robbery have been filed against
Edward James Priestly (DOB: 2/12/88), Roy Battle (DOB: 6/18/89), and Lenishia
Williams (DOB: 7/22/89).
Evidence gathered through the joint investigation indicates that the suspects
are also linked to the following Walgreens robberies:
6000 block of W. FM 1960 on May 2 (Click here to see video)
9400 block of Hammerly on May 4
16200 block of S. Post Oak on May 9
10900 block of W. FM 1960 on May 12
2200 block of Texas Parkway in Misso uri City on May 12
5500 block of W. Orem on May 13
Charges for these robberies are pending further investigation and review by
state and federal prosecutors.