Temple, TX — Two Temple men were arrested Thursday on Conspiracy to Commit Robbery charges after police learned they were trying to steal from their employer.
According to police, on Monday, at about 8:10 p.m., Temple police officers conducted follow up on a tip that a known man was planning to commit a robbery at the Smashburger restaurant, located at 3008 S. 31st Street. Investigators were advised that Adrian Hampton Jenkins, 28, of Temple, who is an employee of the business, was planning to enter the business and commit the robbery at closing time on this date.
Investigators and officers conducted surveillance on the business. The investigators observed a vehicle, similar to the vehicle description provided for Jenkins, turn from S. 31st Street onto Market Loop. The vehicle then turned onto Morning Glory and exited the officers’ view. Approximately 10 minutes later, officers reported a suspect, wearing all black clothing with a hood over his head, appeared on foot and began to approach the business from the south.
The suspect went behind the business and hid behind the trashcans. After a short time, an employee exited the business and approached the trash cans. The suspect remained concealed, and at the time the employee appeared not to see the suspect. The employee then re-entered the business, and the suspect was seen leaving the area.
Investigators continued to watch the business, and a few minutes later the same suspect returned to the area near the trashcans. A different employee, later determined to be the suspect’s cousin, exited the business to take out garbage. Upon returning inside the restaurant the employee failed to secure the rear door, leaving it slightly open.
The suspect was then observed by officers to jump up and peer over the fence that overlooks Market Loop. The suspect looked left and right, as though checking for vehicles, before he returned to the area near the dumpster and began to dig around in a bag.
A marked Temple Police patrol unit then drove by the location. The suspect seeing the police unit jumped up and walked hurriedly away from the dumpsters. He then jumped a four foot chain link fence and fled down an approximately ten foot concrete embankment. The subject jogged south, away from the restaurant, and officers pursued. Investigators were able to catch the suspect and he was taken into custody without incident. Officers located gloves and a hockey style mask in the suspect’s possession. The suspect’s vehicle was located near the Oaks Apartments, a block from the restaurant.
Subsequent investigations revealed that Adrian Jenkins had been in communication with his cousin, Quentin Jenkins, 30, of Temple, who is also an employee of the business and was on duty inside. Quentin Jenkins was providing information via text messages to Adrian about the location of the various employees and when the safe was unlocked or open.
The case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday, and a complaint was issued by that office accusing Adrian Jenkins and Quentin Jenkins with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.
Justice of the Peace G. W. Ivey issued arrest warrant for both men, charging them with the conspiracy to commit robbery. Temple officers arrested both men on Thursday without incident, and both are currently in the Bell County Jail.