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Five arrested after burglarizing two Killeen convenience stores, leading police on chase

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Five people were in custody Sunday morning after police said they burglarized two Killeen Star Marts minutes apart and led police on a high-speed chase.

The first burglary happened 4:46 a.m. at the Star Mart on Watercrest Road and Robinett Road.

A caller told police they heard a loud bang, saw a large hole in the window, and saw that people had broken in, Killeen Police Department spokesperson Carroll Smith said. Broken glass and debris were scattered everywhere. Smith said detectives believe the suspects backed their vehicle into the store to break into it.

The suspects looted the store and got into a silver truck, she said. They left the area before officers arrived.

A short time later, police received a call about a burglary at the Star Mart on Bunny Trail and John Helen Drive. The caller said the suspects were in a silver truck.

The suspects tried to steal the store's ATM by putting a strap around it and pulling it out with the truck, Smith said. They got away with several items. They left the store and drove to another location.

When officers were arriving to the second burglary, they spotted a silver vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

Police chased the vehicle until they got to the intersection of Trimmier Road and East Stan Schlueter Loop, where three suspects jumped out of the car and tried to run away, Smith said.

Officers were able to catch up to them and take them into custody. Two other suspects in the vehicle were also taken into custody. Smith said one of the five suspects is a juvenile.

Smith said police recovered a second vehicle used in the robberies. They also found a lot evidence in both vehicles.

Police arrested a 20-year-old man and a 25-year-old man on the 1100 block of E. Stan Schlueter, a 25-year-old and 18-year-old man on the 5100 block of Trimmier Road. Officers also arrested the 32-year-old woman, who was driving one of the vehicles, and her 16-year-old son.

No one was inside the stores at the time of the burglaries.

It's unclear what charges they will be facing at this time.

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