A 2:45 AM Friday morning “smash and grab” robbery at a North Ruston convenience store resulted in the theft of several cash register drawers, damage to the front of the store, and the attempted theft of an ATM machine.
Jefferson Corner manager Rebecca Hofford told LPNO that four perpetrators smashed the front window with a truck and tried to make off with the ATM, but were unable to load it. Instead, they took three cash drawers in the store.
The robbery was caught on the store’s surveillance camera. It was also reported that two of the alleged robbers have been apprehended.
There were early rumors that instead of robbery, the incident may have been an attempt by irate local politicians to put the resident Liars Club coffee drinkers out of business. That rumor proved to be unfounded.
Update: From KNOE-TV8
Ruston Police issued the following release, giving more information on the incident:
“At approximately 2:50 AM on November 4, 2016, the Ruston Police Department received a call from a citizen reporting that a vehicle had just backed into the front plate glass window at Jefferson Corner, a local convenience store. The caller reported that several persons entered the store through the broken glass and burglarized the business. Officers from the Uniform Patrol Division of the Ruston Police Department immediately responded to the area and were able to locate the suspect vehicle as it was fleeing the scene. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle failed to stop and sped away. A vehicle pursuit then ensued eastbound on Interstate 20. Speeds reached approximately 100 miles per hour at times as the suspect vehicle continued eastbound on Interstate 20. Spikes strips were deployed in an attempt to end the pursuit. This caused damage to the suspect vehicle’s tires, but did not end the pursuit. The vehicle continued into West Monroe. Due to damage sustained to the suspect vehicle during the course of the pursuit, the vehicle exited Interstate 20 at the Fifth Street exit in West Monroe, and crashed at approximately the intersection of Filhiol Avenue. All occupants in the suspect vehicle fled. Officers from a number of surrounding agencies were able to take two occupants into custody relatively quickly. They have been identified as Jamie Howard B/F 31 YOA and Jboski Morrison B/M 29YOA; both from Monroe. Howard and Morrison have been booked at the Ouachita Correctional Center on the charge of Simple Burglary by the West Monroe Police Department. The Monroe Police Department and the Ruston Police Department also have pending charges on both subjects. The crime that occurred in Ruston matches other committed on Monroe and West Monroe over the course of last evening and early this morning.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing and more arrests are expected.
If anyone has information regarding this or any other crime, they are requested to contact the Ruston Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Division at 318-255-4141 or Crimestoppers of Lincoln Parish. Crimestopper information can be given in several ways; either by calling 318-255-1111, text a tip to “TIP515 plus your message” to CRIMES (274637), or submit a tip online at http://www.rustonlincolncrimestoppers.com, but please keep in mind that crimes in progress should always be reported immediately to the appropriate law enforcement agency or by calling 911.”