Surveillance footage released by the Grapevine Police Department shows an unidentified man conducting an alleged robbery. Video Courtesy of the Grapevine Police Department
Surveillance footage released by the Grapevine Police Department shows an unidentified man conducting an alleged robbery. Video Courtesy of the Grapevine Police Department

Northeast Tarrant

See stumbling Grapevine thief grab cash, dodge dirt clods

By Domingo Ramirez Jr.

ramirez@star-telegram.com

September 21, 2017 02:43 PM

UPDATED September 21, 2017 06:37 PM

GRAPEVINE

This was really dirty money.

A thief who followed a gas station worker from a bank chased him down Sept. 15 and grabbed the cash when the employee fell and dropped the money in the dirt.

The suspect scooped it up and made a dash to his sport utility vehicle, police said. The worker gave chase and threw dirt clods at the suspect, but he escaped.

Police on Thursday released a video from a store surveillance camera in hopes that someone would recognize the suspect.

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The theft occurred about 4 p.m. near a Conoco at 425 E. Northwest Highway. Detectives believe the suspect followed the worker to steal the cash.

When the worker parked and got out, a silver Chevrolet Tahoe pulls up and a man jumps out, the video shows.

The worker runs, only to fall and drop the money at a small construction site.

A struggle ensues. The suspect manages to get to the SUV, which has a paper tag, no front license plate and dark-tinted windows.

Police described the suspect as a black man with facial hair about 6-foot-6, weighing 300 pounds. He was wearing a black shirt and cap, red shorts, black shoes and gloves that were white on the back of the hand and black on the palm side.

Anyone with information should call police at 817-410-3200 or email jmoeller@grapevinetexas.gov.

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Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr