Another Jewel Heist Gone Wrong
The Short Version
A couple of guys tried knocking over the Kay’s Jewelers outlet in the Rolling Oaks Mall in San Antonio. It didn’t work out well for anyone. One man was killed, one robber was wounded, and six other mall shoppers were wounded as the robbers tried to escape. Both robbers are currently in custody.
How It Happened
Jewelry heists are something of a tradition in Texas, going back well before they were a state. Apparently, some people think that is a tradition worth upholding and considered a mall jewelry store a good target. Never mind that there were security guards all over the place and people all over the mall and, oh yeah, Texas is an open carry state, so a few people are probably armed and anxious to find a fresh target. Best guess is that the would-be robbers thought the mall would be relatively empty and the openness would make for an easy get-away.
Their plan didn’t come off too well, though. When a passerby saw what was going on at the jewelry store, he tried to intervene. Unfortunately, one of the robbers decided to shoot and kill the good samaritan. The firing of shots attracted a lot of attention, including that of another man who was licensed to carry a weapon. He used that weapon, shooting and injuring one of the robbers. That scared the other robber who probably feared other shoppers might be armed. So, he goes running for the closest exit, firing his gun at random shoppers because, hey, it’s Texas; apparently that’s the way it’s done down there. Six more people were injured.
Austin police were on the scene quickly and the robber was captured as he crashed his getaway car. Police found a couple more guns in the car, so there will be plenty of additional charges. There is no word this morning on the condition of the shoppers injured.
This is the second time an innocent bystander has been killed during an act of good-samaritanism in San Antonio. Not a good thing.
But then, this is Texas. They still have that cowboy reputation.