Suspect charged in southwest Houston smash-and-grab robbery

October 7, 2013 10:38:31 AM PDT
A Houston man accused of crashing into a gas station convenience store this summer in an attempt to steal an ATM was behind bars Monday.

Archie Antwone Levias, 24, is charged with aggravated robbery. He was being held Monday without bond.

It all started around 4am on July 11 at a Valero station on Knight Road. A store clerk was inside when a silver Ford F-250 came crashing through the front wall, striking the ATM and knocking it loose from the concrete slab.

According to court documents, five people entered the store and worked together in an attempt to load the ATM into the bed of the truck, but they couldn't get it. At least one of the suspects was armed and threatened the store clerk while they were there, officials said.

The suspects left empty-handed, but police watched surveillance video and got the license plate number on the pickup, which was stolen.

Another smash-and-grab robbery happened at a Valero in the 8600 block of the Southwest Freeway just 75 minutes later. It's unclear if anything was taken.

Police responded to the second scene and found the pickup parked along the curb less than a quarter of a mile away. A blue Chevrolet Impala was stopped in the street next to the pickup. An officer stopped the Impala and the driver confessed to taking part in both incidents, court documents state. The man provided the names of his accomplices, including Levias, who was reportedly driving the stolen truck.

Investigators later interviewed Levias, who admitted his participation in the aggravated robbery, officials said.

It's unclear whether any other arrests have been made in this case.

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