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Yuma Border Patrol agents locate, detain robbery suspects

Release Date: 
July 25, 2016

WELLTON, Ariz. – Wellton Station Border Patrol agents detained four suspects believed to be involved in the robbery of a local Chevron gas station over the weekend.

An on-duty agent was entering the station’s parking lot Saturday when he observed a white sedan leaving at a high rate of speed. At almost the same time, a clerk ran out of the station’s convenience store and told the agent she had just been robbed.

The agent then attempted to follow the suspect vehicle but was delayed when a passing train blocked his path.

A short time later, other Wellton agents located the sedan parked on the shoulder of an eastbound on-ramp to Interstate 8 with four subjects inside. After reporting their location and situation, agents approached the vehicle and detained the subjects until the arrival of Wellton Police Department officers who took charge of the incident.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017