Series of Armed Robberies in Big Spring Solved

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - A series of armed robberies solved.

Big Spring Police have one suspect behind bars and now they're looking for another.

The first robbery happened early Saturday at the Gold Rush Store on east 3rd.

Police say a woman dressed in black walked into the store, pointed a knife at one of the clerks and demanded money.

The clerk went to the other side of the store to alert a co-worker.

When they came back, the woman had made a run for it without any cash.

The other robbery, also on Saturday, even more bizarre.

Investigators say 41-year-old Wayne Douglas Smith of Haltom City went into the 7-11 on 4th and Birdwell around two in the afternoon.

While buying a couple of things, we're told Smith asked the clerk about his wrist-watch, then left the store.

After other customers left, police say Smith came back with a hammer, and demanded the watch.

Here's the weird part, police say Smith took the watch, then threw it back at the clerk and left.

A police officer spotted Smith's car moments later and chased him down I-20.

Smith drove his car into some brush , got out, and ran on foot.

His car's catalytic converter caught the brush and the car on fire.

While firefighters were putting out the flames, authorities found Smith hiding in the brush.

He remains in jail facing several charges including armed robbery.