Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Suspects Developed In Hispanic Store Robberies

Police agencies across the area are comparing notes after the Monterey police department detained three Hispanic males, who were reportedly wanted for robbing a Hispanic business in Crossville. Monterey's Hilltop Express newspaper is reporting today that Monterey officers also discovered half of a kilogram of cocaine after stopping a vehicle that had the suspects in it. They had received a "be-on-the-lookout" or BOLO notice from police in Crossville, who were investigating the armed robbery of a Hispanic restaurant there. After the traffic stop, police allegedly received a consent to search a home in Monterey, and it was during that search that police allegedly turned up approximately 500 grams of what was described as "a white powder substance that field tested as a cocaine base." They also recovered automatic handgun ammunition. Police say the value of the cocaine was estimated at between $25,000 and $35,000. They would not speculate on whether the Crossville robbery was related to robberies of other Hispanic stores in Cookeville and in other areas. Evidence in the drug case will be presented to the Putnam County Grand Jury.