UPDATE: Austin jewelry store robbery suspect jailed in Killeen, police say


Dec. 4, 2017, update: A man wanted in connection with an Austin jewelry store robbery last month was arrested Sunday in Killeen, according to jail and court records.

Deon Lashawn Clay, 26, was booked Sunday into the Bell County Jail on charges of aggravated robbery, evading arrest and giving a false statement to obtain property or credit.

An arrest affidavit filed in Travis County on Monday accused Clay of being one of two men who held up a jewelry store in the 6300 block of North Interstate 35 on Nov. 25. 

The affidavit said investigators identified Clay after he pawned jewelry that had been swiped during a heist at a pawn shop in Killeen a few days after the Austin robbery.

Killeen police tracked Clay down to his home in the 300 block of Libra Drive, and watched him go in and out several times.

A woman, later identified as “an associate” of Clay, drove up to the residence in a car and picked him up.

The affidavit said a child was in the back seat of the car at the time.

Officers pulled the woman over as she drove away from Clay’s residence, but as she was outside of the car talking to police, Clay got into the driver’s seat of the vehicle and took off with the child still in the car.

Officers later found the car abandoned with the child safe inside.

The document said Clay was paroled from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Oct. 2.

Original post, Nov. 29, 2017: Detectives are looking for two men who they believe robbed a jewelry store near Interstate 35 and Airport Boulevard on Saturday afternoon, police said.

The men entered the store at the 6300 block of North I-35 around 4:40 p.m. and displayed a gun before they took jewelry and ran away, police said. No one was reported injured. Police said the men were last seen walking eastbound from the intersection of I-35 and U.S. 290.

Anyone who knows or recognizes these men can submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by calling 512-472-8477 or by downloading a smartphone app called “P3 Tips.” Tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. 


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