Police Connect Two Convenience Store Robberies, Suspects in Custody

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

College Station, Tx College Station Police say two Navasota men charged in an overnight robbery at a Shell Station at Southwest Parkway & Welsh Wednesday night have been connected to a prior robbery at another convenience store.

Police say Navasota residents Karvin Steptoe, 22, and Kesnick Jones, 20, have both now been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. The first-degree felony includes a possible punishment of five to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine; state jail felony, confinement in state jail between 180 days and two years and a maximum $10,000 fine; and Class B misdemeanor, up to 180 days in jail and a maximum $2,000 fine.

Investigators say the pair was caught on surveillance video robbing a clerk and a customer of the 'Checkers' store on Holleman Drive late Monday night.

In both robberies, police say a handgun was displayed. Investigators say a shot was fired inside the Shell robbery, and that cash and cigarettes were stolen.

After the arrests were made, the alleged connection between the two crimes was announced.

You can see the surveillance video released by CSPD below.

According to The Navasota Examiner, Steptoe has a prior misdemeanor charge for theft of property between $50 and $500, Jones is currently on probation in Grimes County for first-degree and state jail felony charges for possession of controlled substance. District Attorney Tuck McLain said Jones was arrested July 5, 2012, and pleaded guilty to related drug charges on May 13.

Jones was recently given three years deferred adjudication, a $750 fine and a long list of probationary requirements that included drug counseling and wearing a drug patch that would tell probation officers whether or not he had been using drugs.

Since Jones was arrested for aggravated robbery and evading on July 10, the district attorney said he plans to file a motion to revoke Jones’ probation once related information is received from Brazos County.

As a two-time all-state linebacker, Jones had previously signed to play football for Blinn College in Brenham.

For The Examiner's full story, click the related link below.

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