The second aggravated robbery at a convenience store in as many weeks was reported June 29.

Police are looking for someone who reportedly robbed the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 501 N. First St. at approximately 2:10 a.m. on June 29.

Police responded to a report of an aggravated robbery at the 7-Eleven store, and upon arrival, officers learned the suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.

According to the store clerk’s description, the suspect was wearing a mask, dark clothing and gloves and was carrying a backpack. The suspect left through the front doors with an undisclosed amount of money and fled in an unknown direction.

On June 22, the Copperas Hills Food mart at 107 W. Avenue E was robbed by a person fitting the same description.

Anyone having knowledge of either of these crimes is encouraged to contact Copperas Cove Crime Stoppers at 254-457-1111 or online at www.tipssubmit.com. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 if information leads to an arrest and prosecution and no one will ask your name.

It is highly possible these robberies were committed by the same low-life pond scum, who believes he or she has found a way to finance a livelihood without having to exert much effort.

It is bad enough this suspect or suspects committed two armed robberies without being caught, but such success only encourages the continuation of this illegal activity. In fact, more armed robberies will occur here and in adjoining cities until the low-IQ trash is caught and brought to justice. Easy money is simply too addictive to be given up by lazy, shiftless people with zero scruples and even lower morals.

Family violence

For the better part of a year, we have seen the number of assaults involving family violence soar unabated in our community. The cause of such an alarming increase remains to be determined, but I believe one contributor to this phenomenon is the influx of younger families into Cove.

Young family members who are less emotionally mature than their predecessors have a tendency to react to stress with violence rather than dialogue. Add alcohol to the mix and all intelligence flies out the window.

Disputes, which sometimes get out of control, do occur, and are unacceptable but understandable. To these, a police response and subsequent misdemeanor court action usually suffices to alter the abuser’s attitude and behavior. I have no quarrel with these folks.

My peeve is aimed directly at the repeat offenders, those who continue to bash spouses and children despite having been adjudicated for a prior offense.

If the courts would deal harshly with repeat offenders, perhaps the abusers would be encouraged to alter their behavior, if not for the penalty of jail time, but for the financial cost. Apparently, they care little for the welfare of family.

It is estimated that nearly half of all felony family violence cases before the courts are reduced to misdemeanor levels while some are dropped completely and others plead guilty to a lesser charge.

I agree the courts face many challenges when dealing with family violence cases. Many victims retract allegations under pressure from the assailant or other family members and others might retract statements when faced with the reality of financial hardship, should the attacker be sentenced to prison. This is the reason family violence is a crime against the state rather than against the victim of the abuse. The state has no dog in the hunt.

Battered family members must make choices regarding their future and that of their children. Keep in mind that abused children frequently become abusers as adults, believing that is natural behavior and the natural order of things. The cycle must be broken. In the mean time, grow up, abusers! You are a pathetic example for your children and your community.

Assaults

Ten assaults were reported to police this week. Of these, eight involved family violence. This number is actually higher when one considers how many of these assaults went unreported for the reasons previously noted. Some of these are repeat offenders. In any case, every one of these abusers should be thoroughly ashamed of their actions.

  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported June 27 in the 200 block of Hickory Circle.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported June 27 in the 800 block of Park Avenue.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported June 27 in the 1200 block of South 15th Street.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported June 29 in the 500 block of Judy Lane.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported June 30 in the 500 block of North First Street.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence and an assault with bodily injury/family violence-choking were reported June 30 in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported July 1 in the 2100 block of Brantley Avenue.
  • An aggravated assault with serious bodily injury was reported July 1 in the 400 block of East U.S. Highway 190. This is a felony offense.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported July 2 in the 200 block of Bridle Drive.

Theft/burglary/robbery

Thieves remained on duty this week. Seventeen crimes in this category were reported this week. It wasn’t very long ago we were appalled by six or seven thefts in a week. Seventeen appears to be the new normal.

  • The theft of a camera and a microwave oven from a residence was reported June 27 in the 300 block of North Third Street.
  • An aggravated robbery was reported June 29 at a convenience store located at 501 North First St. The suspect is still being sought.
  • Three separate property crimes including a theft of a debit card and currency, attempted burglary of a residence and burglary of a vehicle were reported June 27 in the 1200 block of Urbantke Court.
  • A theft of currency was reported June 27 in the 500 block of Bowen Avenue.
  • The theft of military gear, a knife and a GPS were reported stolen from a vehicle June 28 in the 1100 block of Marlee Circle. The stolen items were valued at $3,385.
  • An attempted aggravated robbery was reported June 29 in the 1600 block of Veterans Avenue.
  • The theft of a medication and syringes was reported June 30 in the 700 block of Constitution Court.
  • The theft of video games, medication, a wallet and currency was reported stolen June 30 in the 1800 block of Joan Drive.
  • The theft of a license plate was reported June 30 in the 300 block of Town Square. Assuming this tag was stolen and not simply lost gives one reason to worry. The only reason a person would have for a stolen license plate is for use in committing another, more serious crime.
  • A theft was reported July 1 in the 4100 block of Primrose Drive.
  • A theft was reported July 1 in the 2100 block of Gail Drive.
  • A theft was reported July 1 in the 700 block of Mary Street.
  • A burglary of a vehicle was reported July 1 in the 2400 block of Gail Drive.

Other crimes

  • Fraudulent use/possession of identifying information was reported June 27 in the 900 block of Lynn Lane.
  • Debit card abuse was reported June 28 in the 3000 block of Lois Lane.
  • Criminal mischief was reported June 29 in the 2100 block of East U.S. Business Highway 190.
  • Credit card abuse was reported June 30 in the 1800 block of Joan Drive.
  • Fraudulent use/possession of identifying information was reported July 1 in the 500 block of Skyline Drive.
  • Fraudulent use/possession of identifying information was reported July 1 in the 300 block of East U.S. Highway 190.
  • Criminal mischief was reported July 1 in the 500 block of Sunset Lane.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and a Copperas Cove resident.​

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