Sherman Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying as many as seven suspects wanted in connection with two separate and ongoing investigations of a November armed robbery and and a financial scam in February.
The department posted videos and surveillance photos showing five of the suspects sought on social media Wednesday, along with physical and vehicle descriptions.
Sgt. Brett Mullen said investigators had positively identified the gun-toting man involved in the Nov. 28th robbery of Winners Sweepstakes in the 1400 block of of S. Sam Rayburn Freeway. Mullen said four men arrived at the business in a silver passenger car and two of the men went inside.
“One pointed a gun at an employee behind the counter and demanded money, while the other handled the patrons, as the robbery went down,” Mullen said.
No shots were fired and no injuries were reported. The suspects made off with less than $1,000 in cash. Mullen said investigators had identified the second suspect inside the business by the nickname “Tex” and had promising leads on the names of the two unfilmed suspects who waited in the car, but are still seeking tips from the public.
The Sherman Police lieutenant said investigators are also trying to identify one male and two female suspects who scammed an elderly woman out of thousands of dollars on February 6.
Mullen said the suspects approached the 79-year-old woman at Walmart in Sherman and falsely promised to pay her if she helped them recover prize money they had recently won.
“They claimed to have won a large lottery prize and they needed her help in claiming the winnings and paying for some initial legal fees,” Mullen said. “They used deception to get her to give them approximately $6,000.”
The male suspect was filmed inside Walmart, where he purchased zippered, bank-style money bags. He is described as a slender Hispanic male, in his late 20s or 30s and standing approximately five feet, ten inches tall. Cameras outside the business also picked up the two female suspects who are both described as small-to-medium-build, Hispanic females, fluent in Spanish.
The suspects are believed to have driven a silver 2017-2019 Kia Sportage SUV.
Those with knowledge of the suspects in either case are encouraged to call Sherman Police Detective Jamie Bunetto at 903-892-7335.
“If you have information, please come forward and let us know, no matter how minor you think it may be,” Mullen said. “That little bit could help us out a lot.”
Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at email@example.com or on Twitter @DrewSmithHD.