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Robbery remains under investigation

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Investigators with the Bandera County Sheriff's Office have yet to identify a slightly built male who robbed a clerk at the Barrel House Convenience Store early morning on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
However, Bandera County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Matt King noted in an interview, "The circumstances of this robbery are very similar to a number of incidents that have occurred recently in surrounding counties."
According to King, the robbery was reported at 4:29 am. The clerk said a man wearing a black ski mask and gloves and other dark clothing, including a hoodie, approached him as he prepared to open the store. The suspect pulled a gun on the clerk and demanded cash.
After the employee turned over an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled south on foot on Highway 16 South and possibly entered a vehicle. A vehicle in the vicinity drove toward San Anotonio. The Barrel House is located in the 11000 block of Highway 16 South in Pipe Creek.
While the investigation continues, King asked that employees who open businesses in early morning hours - while it is still dark - practice vigilance.
"Always be aware of your surroundings, especially if anything doesn't look quite right," he said. "Try to have the premises well lighted or attempt to stay in areas that are lighted. Most importantly, never fight back or try to resist if approached by anyone with a firearm."
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call King at the BSCO at 830-796-4323 or emergency dispatch at 830-796-3771.