Man charged in convenience store robbery, theft

The Odessa Police Department arrested a man Saturday after he reportedly stole cash from a tobacco shop and robbed a 7-Eleven, an OPD press release said.

Police first responded to a theft at Smoker’s Outlet, 2604 N. Grandview Ave., Wednesday and later responded to a robbery Thursday at 7-Eleven, 3800 E. 52nd St., the release stated.

Police were advised by a Smoker’s Outlet cashier that the suspect, 27-year-old Timothy Burris, had purchased a cigar and then requested another one, taking cash from the register as the cashier was making change, before fleeing the scene, the probable cause affidavit detailed.

A 7-Eleven clerk told police Burris had asked for change for a dollar bill, and grabbed cash out of the register as the clerk opened the drawer, the report stated. The clerk was able to take the keys from Burris, who fought and shoved the clerk before fleeing.

The keys went to the listed vehicle that was parked at the store, and security footage from both Smoker’s Outlet and 7-Eleven shows Burris as the actor, the report said.

Burris was then charged with robbery, a second-degree felony, and theft from a person, a state jail felony, the release stated.

Jail records show Burris was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Saturday on two bonds totaling $60,000.