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Border Patrol Assist in Arrest of Robbery Suspects

July 26, 2016

WELLTON, Arizona – Border Patrol agents were instrumental in the arrest of four suspects believed to be involved in the robbery of the Chevron Gas Station in Wellton, over the weekend. An on-duty Wellton Station Border Patrol agent was entering the Chevron station’s parking lot Saturday, July 23, when he observed a white sedan leaving the lot at a high rate of speed. At almost the same time, a clerk came out of the station and convenience store and advised the agent she had just been robbed.

The agent left the Chevron store in an attempt to follow the suspect vehicle, but his pursuit was delayed when a passing train at a nearby railroad crossing blocked his path. A short time later, Wellton Station Border Patrol agents located the suspect vehicle parked on the shoulder at the eastbound on-ramp to I‑8. Agents radioed their location and situation and then approached the vehicle. All four subjects were detained until Wellton Police Department officers arrived on scene to make the arrest. The suspects and vehicle were turned over to Wellton Police Department.

All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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