Smithville Police Seek Crime Stopper Tips in August Robbery at Pizza Hut

November 27, 2012
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police are asking for your help in solving a robbery of a Pizza Hut employee on Thursday night, August 30.

Chief Randy Caplinger told WJLE that an employee reported to police that after she had closed the restaurant and was locking the doors at around 11:00 p.m. that night, someone came up behind her, grabbed the deposit bag she held, hit her, and then fled on foot. "She was walking away from the building toward her car when she heard someone jump off the concrete wall behind the restaurant," said Chief Caplinger. "When she turned around, the robber grabbed the deposit bag, hit her in the face with his fist, pushed her back, and took off running," he said. She said the person was wearing blue jeans, a dark long sleeved shirt, and a black mask. The robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash from the days restaurant proceeds.

If you have information that might lead to an arrest call Crime Stoppers at 464-6046. It could mean a cash reward for you.

Meanwhile in another incident at Pizza Hut, Chief Caplinger said that 27 year old Caleb Rigsby was arrested on Saturday, November 24 for disorderly conduct and failure to stop, frisk, and halt. The warrant states that an officer was called to Pizza Hut to check out a suspicious man in the parking lot. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to someone who said that another man (Rigsby) had gotten into his vehicle while his wife was inside. But when the man (Rigsby) saw her he got out of the vehicle and tried to get into another car. By the time the officer arrived at the scene, Rigsby was inside Pizza Hut. The officer entered the restaurant and made contact him. When he asked the man who he was, Rigsby did not respond at first, but then said that he didn't have any ID. The officer then made an effort to cuff Rigsby but he began to resist, knocking the handcuffs out of the officer's hand. The officer then pulled his taser. Rigsby backed up, grabbed a family member by the neck, and tried to use that person as a human shield. Rigsby eventually surrendered to police. He was placed under arrest. Police said Rigsby's actions placed the public in alarm and in fear of more threatening behavior. Bond for Rigsby is $4,000 and his court date is December 20.

28 year old Daniel Ray Wilson was arrested on Thanksgiving Day for burglary and theft over $500. According to the warrant, Wilson allegedly broke into a vehicle at NHC. Entry was made by breaking the back side glass out and taking items from the automobile. Bond for Wilson is $8,500 and his court date is November 29

21 year old Daniel Trey Hamilton was arrested on Friday, November 23 for domestic assault and he was cited for simple possession of a schedule II drug. The warrant states that police responded to a call of an assault in progress on Jacobs Pillar Road. Upon arrival, the officer saw one man holding down another amid several other people who were standing around yelling. The two men were separated and after speaking to everyone at the scene, the officer determined that Hamilton was the primary aggressor. Hamilton had allegedly assaulted a woman by grabbing her hair, pulling her out of a car, and then hitting her several times in the side and back. Hamilton said he and the woman had been arguing and that he threw rocks at her. The officer noticed that the woman had grass and dirt stains on her pants which appeared as though she had been dragged across the ground. Hamilton was placed under arrest for domestic assault. Upon a search incident to arrest, police found in a container in Hamilton's left front pocket, a small plastic bag containing a white powdery substance believed to be methamphetamine. Bond for Hamilton is $3,500 and he will be in court on November 29.

24 year old Brandy Nicole Turner was cited for shoplifting on Saturday, November 24. Police were called to Wal-Mart in regard to a theft. Turner allegedly had placed items in her purse with the intent of depriving the store of its merchandise. She will be in court on December 20.

48 year old Treva June Hartman was cited for shoplifting at the Dollar General Store on Saturday, November 24. Hartman allegedly concealed an item inside her purse in an attempt to deprive the store of the merchandise. Her court date is November 29.

Anyone with information on any criminal activity is asked to contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

Any information received that would help Smithville Police solve any criminal offense would be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.

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