TAPD busts used car dealer for multiple armed robberies

Troy Ware, owner of Troy's Auto Sales, robbed other businesses at gunpoint

TEXARKANA, Ark. - A Texarkana business owner, who today is behind bars, after a lengthy investigation of multiple armed robberies committed in the Texarkana area in 2017 led to his doorstep. 

Troy Ware, 65, owner of Troy’s Auto Sales, was taken into custody Wednesday, following nearly a year-long investigation by Texarkana Arkansas Police.

Investigators with the TAPD’s Criminal Investigation Division began their yearlong investigation in February of 2017 when Bancorp South in the 2200 block of North State Line Avenue was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect placed an object in the business door to prevent it from closing while holding the clerks at gunpoint and taking what money he could.

Since then, 13 additional robberies committed in similar fashion continued throughout the year in Texarkana. In one robbery, when a store clerk failed to fully cooperate with Ware, he fired gunshots into the business and in the general direction of the clerk.

CID Detectives continued collecting evidence, identifying characteristics, mannerisms and behavior of the suspect by watching many hours of closed circuit video, while also conducting surveillance of likely robbery locations.

Based on video camera footage, detectives learned the suspect apparently had access to several different type cars. But still the robberies continued.

The breakthrough came when a witness in one of the robberies told a Texarkana Texas Police detective she believed she recognized the suspect’s voice as that of a regular customer, Troy Ware.

The TTPD detective relayed that information to TAPD Detective Shane Kirkland.

Kirkland and TAPD Detective Wayne Easley met with the suspect at his used car lot at the corner of E 9th and N. State Line Ave.  The two detectives made several observations while there, and background checks revealed Ware had been involved in four aggravated robberies in California, along with several other felonies, from the 70’s through the 90’s.

Detectives sought and received judicial approval for a search of Ware’s cell phone records which revealed consistencies related to the date and times of each one of the 14 robberies.

Thirty-six TAPD detectives and officers compiled more than 320 hours of surveillance time, at a cost of over $12,494 dollars to the city, which ultimately led to the arrest of Ware.


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