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Robbery suspect arrested

December 9, 2011

A Big Spring woman, arrested and charged with the Tuesday morning aggravated robbery of a 7-Eleven, is still in custody and has been charged with other crimes, according to Big Spring police.

As of this morning, Deborah Kay Cantu, 46, of 419 Dallas Apt. B, remained in the custody of the Howard County Detention Center. Bond has been set at $75,000 for the aggravated robbery and $2,000 each for two counts of burglary of a vehicle.

“We were able to clear up two cases of burglary of a vehicle, and we're hoping to be able to clear up three more,” Big Spring Police Department Det. Steve Henry said. “It doesn't appear Cantu was operating alone. It appears she could have had at least one, possibly even two accomplices in these crimes. However, there haven't been any additional arrests at this time. At this point, the idea of additional offenders is purely speculation.”

Cantu was arrested at a home located at 509 Johnson shortly after Tuesday's robbery was reported to police, police records reveal.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the BSPD, the robbery was reported at approximately 3:09 a.m. at the 1801 S. Gregg St. store.

“Officers were advised by the clerk that a Hispanic female had just robbed the store,” Everett said. “She was described as heavy-set, wearing blue jeans, a dark jacket and a toboggan.

“The clerk stated the suspect was armed with a rifle or a shotgun, pointed it at the victim and demanded money. The clerk complied and the suspect fled the store on foot to the north side of the store.”
According to Det. Henry, law enforcement officials received a tip from a local citizen who had given a ride to a woman matching the suspect's description.

“The citizen who had given her the ride told us he had dropped her off at 509 Johnson, so officers were dispatched to that location,” Henry said. “When officers arrived on the scene, Cantu was still wearing the same clothing the store clerk had described and the security video had shown. She was arrested at the scene.”

Henry said neither the weapon nor the undisclosed amount of cash the suspect allegedly took from the convenience store were recovered at the home on Johnson Street.

“It's still unclear whether the firearm being used during the robbery was a shotgun or a rifle,” Henry said. “It hasn't been recovered at this time, however, the investigation is still ongoing.”

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is encouraged to contact the BSPD at 432-264-2550 or Big Spring Area Crimestoppers at 263-TIPS (8477) or 264-TIPS (8477).

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