San Marcos police arrest 3 in hardware store robberies, 1 at large

San Marcos police arrested three men accused of robbing three businesses and are searching for another, who fled the scene of the crime Thursday, June 1.

Police identified the suspects as Ochoa Pompa, 20; Jose Pompa, 21; and Alexander Castillo, 21 

SMPD said the first robbery was at 11:14 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, at Power Haus Equipment, located at 111 E. Martin Luther King Dr. The burglars pried the front door open and two of them entered the business while the others acted as the lookouts. The group stole several Stihl chainsaws, Stihl backpack blowers and an Echo backpack blower.

Twelve minutes later, the same burglars broke into Hofmann's Supply, located at 440 S. Guadalupe St. They pried the doors open and three of them went inside while one stayed outside. They stole a welder, Yeti coolers and Yeti cups, according to SMPD.

The suspects used two different vehicles during the robberies. One vehicle was a dark-colored, four-door Ford Fusion that possibly had black rims. The other vehicle was a dark-colored, four-door, newer model Nissan, possibly an Altima or Maxima. The Nissan had paper tags.

After the first two robberies, police said they set up surveillance at Elliot Electric Supply in the 1904 block of Dutton Drive.

At 12:22 a.m. June 1, police said the surveillance crew saw two cars approach the store with their lights off. Four men exited the vehicle, pried open the front door, and began taking items like Yeti coolers and power tools from the store.

Police said Ochoa Pompa was the first suspect arrested after attempting to exit the store. The three others fled into a nearby field. A K9 officer found Jose Pompa. However, he suffered puncture wounds to his arm after police said he was uncooperative with officer commands. He was treated for his injuries but declined hospital treatment.

Castillo, who was hiding nearby, surrendered after seeing what happened to Jose Pompa, police said.

All three are charged with burglary of a building and evading arrest.

The fourth suspect escaped, and anyone with information on him is asked to call Detective Aubry at 512.753.2306.

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