TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The Tyler Police Department released the identity of the man who allegedly robbed four Tyler-area businesses including three convenience stores and a donut shop.
56-year-old Michael Edward Lout is considered the suspect in all the robberies. Lout was charged with four counts of aggravated robbery and his bond was set to $300,000.
The robbery calls began around 6:30 a.m. when Lout first robbed a CEFCO convenience store in the 1200 block of W SW Loop 323 where he allegedly threatened a clerk with a knife. He then allegedly robbed the following locations:
- 7-11 convenience store on 5015 South Broadway
- Shipley’s Donuts on 1700 East Southeast Loop 323
- 7-11 gas station on 2200 East Southeast Loop 323
All surrounding police agencies and officers were notified and received a vehicle description and a partial plate number.
Lout was then stopped by a UT Tyler police officer when he was seen walking up to the store around 6:58 p.m. the Phillips 66 on 2523 East Southeast Loop 323.
Lout was held at gunpoint by the officer until the Tyler Police Department arrived, according to LouAnn Campbell, a public information officer with the Tyler PD.
Detectives and crime scene investigators were called to the scene and obtained a search warrant for Lout’s vehicle. Investigators recovered an unspecified amount of cash.
According to officials, Lout acted alone. As of this writing, it is not known if any injuries were sustained during the alleged robberies.
This story is developing, KETK will keep you updated as more information comes out.
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