ETexas aggravated robbery suspect turns himself in


A 21-year-old man turned himself in to authorities after being sought for aggravated robbery at two convenience stores earlier this month.

According to Smith County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Darell Coslin, law enforcement officials were dispatched to a convenience store in the 11300 block of Highway 69 North just before 11:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in reference to an aggravated robbery.

Authorities say a man entered the business armed with a handgun, demanded money and was able to get away from the scene before deputies arrived.

Two days later, at 6:16 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a convenience store in the 18500 block of Farm-to-Market Road 14 for an aggravated robbery.

According to law enforcement, the suspect entered the business with a handgun, taking money from the register and leaving the scene before deputies arrived.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division released a photo from the surveillance video, asking for the public's help identifying the suspect.

Deputies and patrol detectives later identified the suspect as Lance Cody Scott, 21, and detectives also obtained evidence linking Scott to both robberies, according to the sheriff's office.

Detectives obtained two arrest warrants charging Scott with two counts of aggravated robbery, and Scott turned himself in to the Smith County Jail on Wednesday.

His bond was set at $400,000.

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