WMPD after armed robbery suspect

Sunset man wanted for pair of hold-ups

By Ralph Hardin ralphhardin@gmail.com

The West Memphis Police Department has issued warrants for Terrell D. Thomas, of Sunset. Thomas, a 21-year-old black make is wanted by police in connection with a pair of Aggravated Robberies committed in West Memphis over the last week. On Saturday, Nov. 14, a black male entered the Phillips 66 convenience store located at 1621 N. Missouri St., brandishing a handgun. The suspect held up the clerk, robbing the business and making off with an undisclosed amount of cash and property from the store. A second robbery occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Hibbett Sporting Goods, located at 500 W. Broadway Ave., when the same individual entered the store, brandishing what appeared to be the same handgun and robbed the store, once again making off with cash and property from the store. According to investigators, on Thursday, Nov. 19, detectives from both the West Memphis Police Department and the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Thomas’s residence in Sunset and were able to locate several valuable pieces of evidence, including items that were taken during the robberies. Thomas, however, was not at the residence, and police were not able to locate him. Thomas remains at large at this time and currently wanted on numerous charges resulting from these robberies. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact Crittenden County Crime Stoppers at (870) 732-4444, or the West Memphis Police Department at (870) 735-1210 with information. The Crittenden County Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $2,000 reward for information leading to Thomas’s arrest. All calls will be kept confidential. “I would like to commend the West Memphis Police Departments Criminal Investigation Division and the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office for all of their hard work in this case,” said West Memphis Police Chief Donald Oakes. “The detectives working these cases were able to quickly identify a suspect, get search warrants issued and executed, and arrest warrants issued within a very short period of time.” Oakes praised the joint effort of the WMPD and the CCSO. “It is great to see what interdepartmental cooperation can do. Our Detectives, along with investigators from the Memphis Police Department and the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office have been able to build a solid case against Thomas, and he will hopefully be in custody soon.” Oakes said investigators have identified several other suspects involved in these cases and anticipates more arrest warrants to be issued in the near future for those persons of interest.

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