The TAPD has arrested a suspect in a robbery of the Bottle Mart on East Street in Texarkana, Arkansas that occurred on Monday August 7 around 4:00 p.m. Billy Smith, 51, has been arrested and charged in the crime.
On Monday, 08/07/2017, at about 4:00pm, The Bottle Mart at 126 East St. reported to police that they had been robbed. Mark Clemenz was counting money when Billy Smith, 51 yoa, walked into the business and asked a question. Smith, upon seeing the sum of money, reached to grab the money and physically assaulted Clemenz while stealing the cash. The suspect ran to a 2007 Ford, Edge, parked in the driveway and left the scene heading north on East St. A customer, who happened to see what had transpired, followed Smith to the 500 block of E 3rd St. where he flagged Officer Chris Estes. Officer Estes investigated, arrested Smith, and recovered $470.00 in what he believed was stolen currency. Detectives interviewed Smith following the arrest, at which time he confessed to robbing Clemenz.