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Adult Novelty Shop Robbery Foiled

By: Nicole Morten and Katrina Gutierrez Email
By: Nicole Morten and Katrina Gutierrez Email

It could have been the tenth time Zone D' Erotica faced a robbery.

"The clerk was watching the surveillance video," said Sergeant Joe Smart with the Conroe Police Department, "He observed two people who were putting masks over their face... .He felt like he was going to be robbed."

Smart said thanks to a Zone D' Erotica clerk and a call to 9-1-1, the number still sits at nine. Conroe patrol officers got there in time.

After a short foot chase both Morel Lerroy Sneed Jr., 29, and Itzavely Nisena Gamboa, 21, were caught.

"They were identified from the video as the same people who ran and eventually admitted they were preparing to rob the store," said Smart.

Sneed and Gamboa are charged with attempted aggravated robbery and evading arrest. Sneed is charged with a felony evading arrest and Gamboa with a misdemeanor evading arrest.

The adult novelty shop has been robbed nine times in five years. The last robbery happened in September of last year. Two men armed with guns grabbed handfuls of synthetic smoking products and roll paper, said Smart, they also took cash from the register.

"The clerk was actually hiding in the back on the phone," said Smart.

Those men were caught.

"The business is open all night long, it's one of the only businesses in that area open at night and it's right on the freeway," said Smart, "so that makes it an attractive target."

An attractive and convenient target.

"This guy [clerk] was able to stop it by watching the surveillance video , that's a good thing," said Smart, " just being aware of what's around you will stop it most of the time."


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