Police: Cousins Plot To Rob Local Restaurant Where They Worked

TEMPLE (January 23, 2014) Two Temple men, Adrian Hampton Jenkins, 28, and Quentin Jenkins, 30, who police say are cousins, were both arrested Thursday on warrants charging conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with an alleged plot to rob the Smashburger restaurant where they both worked.

The two were arrested after police received a tip on Monday about the alleged plot to rob the restaurant at 3008 South 31st St. in Temple.

Officers set up surveillance at the business and spotted a man dressed in black with a hood over his head who walked to the rear of the restaurant and hid behind some trashcans, Waco police Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said.

A short time later an employee walked outside toward the trashcans and the suspect left the area.

He returned a few minutes later as a second employee walked outside, emptied some garbage, and then reentered the restaurant, leaving the rear door slightly open, police said.

The man then jumped up from his hiding place, looked over a nearby fence “as though checking for vehicles,” then returned to the area near a dumpster and “began to dig around in a bag,” Wilcox said.

Then, as a marked patrol car drove by the area, the man “walked hurriedly away from the dumpsters...jumped a four foot chain link fence and fled down an approximately 10-foot concrete embankment,” Wilcox said.

Officers gave chase and took a man police identified as Adrian Jenkins into custody without incident.

They recovered gloves and a hockey-style mask, and found the man’s vehicle near the Oaks Apartments, a block from the restaurant, Wilcox said.

Investigators later determined that the would-be robber was receiving information from inside the restaurant via text messages “about the location of various employees and when the safe was unlocked or open,” Wilcox said.

Complaints were issued Wednesday naming Adrian Jenkins, and Quentin Jenkins, who was at work at the time of the alleged robbery attempt.

They were arrested on warrants on Thursday, Wilcox said.

Adrian Jenkins was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bond, according to online records, which did not list a bond amount for Quentin Jenkins.