Hijacker takes $84 from Brady station

March 18-22, 1966 An armed man with a silk stocking over his face robbed the Poe & Shipman Service Station on W. Commerce St. Tuesday night about 10:50 p.m. and made off with about $84 cash. J.D. Blackwell, night attendant at the station, was waiting on a customer when the thief slipped through the wash bay area. Blackwell went inside to get the customer’s change and the robber stepped out and pointed a gun at him and ordered him to open the register. Blackwell obeyed and stepped away. The man reached into the currency compartment and took all the bills leaving the change, he then turned and exited the building through the bay area. The customer, an unidentified woman from San Angelo, was unaware that the robbery was taking place, though she saw the robber enter and leave the station. According to Blackwell, the man was about six feet tall, weighed around 200 pounds, had dark hair and appeared to be in his 30’s. He was wearing green coveralls and had red rags, such as those used as a grease rag in service stations, in his pocket and in his hand. Blackwell told police that at no time did the hijacker seem nervous or scared. Blackwell told Police Chief Dorman Gibbs the man didn’t raise his voice and was careful not to touch anything but the money he took. Chief Gibbs was unable to locate any clues. He said he thought the hold-up man was either experienced or had read up on it. Wednesday morning after searching the area again, Gibbs found two pieces of silk stocking near the warehouse behind the station. The bottom and the top of the stocking had apparently been cut from the part used as the hold-up man’s mask. Gibbs admitted that with what little they had to work with, apprehension would be difficult. “We have one or two leads but they are unlikely related,” he said. “We don’t’ know if the man had a car or had someone waiting for him or if he just walked off. I don’t really feel that we have any local talent like this but you never know what might turn up,” Gibbs added. *** Rochelle clean-up Friday, Saturday in CIC program The Rochelle Community Improvement Committee announced that there will be a clean-up day, Friday, March 18 along the highway south of Rochelle. The FFA boys will be working from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1-2 p.m., with residents urged to participate. On Saturday morning, clean-up crews are asked to report to the community center at 9 a.m. for the workday in Rochelle. Everyone is asked to turn out and help make Rochelle a cleaner, more attractive community. All families who have the family improvement record forms are asked to bring their completed reports to either of the stores in Rochelle by March 21. The Community Improvement Contest deadline is March 22. The Committee needs your cooperation in making a complete report on the individual and community efforts. *** Five area counties to conduct joint war on poverty A $28,813 program development grant will go to Callahan, Coleman, Concho, McCulloch and Runnels counties in West Central Texas, Southwest Regional Director William H. Crook of the office of economics, announced today. The federal funds will be administered by Central Texas Opportunities, Inc., a non-profit development agency formed along OEO guidelines. CTO is headquartered in Coleman. The five counties have a total population of 47,890, of whom 27,878 live in rural areas. The grant, plus the local share of $3,390, will be used to study the causes of poverty in the area, and to develop a specific program to combat it. *** Rochelle FFA boys win calf scramble Four Rochelle FFA boys made a good showing at the San Angelo Fat Stock Show Calf Scramble recently. Ross Johnson had the second calf across the line; Gary Weatherman had the third calf, Bert Bratton the fourth. Kayo Williamson had some bad luck when his calf broke loose after he was caught. In the scramble,10 calves are turned loose with 20 boys after them. After catching a calf the boy must put a halter on them and take them across the line at the end of the arena in the shortest amount of time. The boys will buy projects with the money they won, according to Miers Johnson, Rochelle FFA advisor. *** Lohn newlyweds to be honored Mr. and Mrs. John S. Smith of Lohn will be honored with a get acquainted party Friday night at the Lohn Baptist Church annex. Everyone is invited to attend and meet Mrs. Smith, the former Mrs. Chance Calliham of Brady. *** Mrs. Vick returns from California Mrs. George Vick, who has been employed with Roddie Wool Scouring Plant for the past 10 years, has retired. She is home in Placid after a month’s visit with her son and family Mr. and Mrs. Dalton Vick, Judy, Rusty and Cheryl in LaVerne, Calif.

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