Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

July 23, 2013

Jacksonville Police searching for doughnut store burglar

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress


Jacksonville police officers confirmed Tuesday they are on the lookout for a man who was caught on film breaking into a local donut shop and stealing store money late this weekend.

This robbery took place early Sunday at the Donut Palace, 1519 S Jackson St, reports show. Authorities have released two photos of the burglary and the man committing it — who has yet to be identified, according to reports.

Frank Hererra, Donut Palace owner, said during a brief telephone interview that the suspected robber worked quickly — breaking in early Sunday, promptly taking cash from the register, stealing the store's tip jar and quickly departing.

“If we have arrived at the store 20 minutes earlier we probably would have run into him,” Hererra said. “He didn't really do that much damage but he did leave a lot of broken glass.”

Hererra said this was the first time his store had ever been burglarized.

The case is now in the hands of authorities, the store owner added.

“We've turned the tape of him over to police,” Hererra said.

Jacksonville Police Det. Greg Compton said authorities were not at liberty Tuesday to disclose how much money was taken from the Donut Palace.

But Compton did add Cherokee County Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the burglar.

Compton said authorities will stay vigilant for any sight of the suspect.

“We're getting these photos out and around,” the detective said. “Patrol has got them so we'll see if we can figure out who this guy is.”