Alert store clerk triggers burglary arrest

TEMPLE, TX - An alert convenience store clerk who noticed that the name on a card being used at the store did not match the person using it called police, leading to an arrest on burglary charges.

It was on February 17 that officers responded to a call at the CEFCO store at 2016 South 1st Street in Temple where the manager said that a man who frequently visits the store came in and bought cigarettes and a drink using a credit card that had a name she did not recognize.

Knowing that all transactions at convenience stores are captured on video, officers were able to obtain  a picture of the man.

The officers recognized the man as 37-year-old Tyrone Clifton Allen who they knew from previous incidents.

They were also able to trace the card to the victim of a burglary in the 1200 block of South 23rd that had occurred earlier that same day.

In that burglary, the victim's wallet and cell were among items taken.

The case was turned over to detectives who confirmed Allen as a suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Allen was located and taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and booked into the Bell County Jail.


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