Waco: Inmate Charged In Robbery Of Harbor Freight Store

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

WACO (August 15, 2014) Chase Colten Goeke, 34, who already was held in the McLennan County Jail on separate charges, was served with an arrest warrant Thursday charging aggravated robbery in connection with the July 12 holdup at the Waco Harbor Freight store.

Goeke had been a suspect in the robbery for some time but only was formally charged Thursday with the presentation of the warrant.

Goeke managed to elude police in Falls County later in July, and then was arrested July 22 in Fort Worth after U.S. Marshals tracked him down.

He had been held on bonds totaling $5,000 on an evading arrest charge and without bond on a parole violation.

Bond on the new robbery charge was set at $50,000, online jail records showed.

A second man, whom authorities identified as Steve Nehring, Jr., 30, who also was the focus of the search in Falls County, has not been arrested.

The robbery warrant confirms that Goeke was wanted in connection with the late-night robbery on July 12 at the Harbor Freight Store in Waco during which one employee was assaulted, a second was pistol-whipped and a third was threatened at gunpoint.

A third suspect was also involved in the Waco robbery but that person has not been identified or arrested.

The search for Goeke and Nehring started after Falls County deputies responded to a report of a burglary along County Road 409 between Marlin and Chilton.

Deputies found a vehicle at the scene linked to the Waco robbery.

Dogs were used to try to track down the two men Sunday, but the suspects ultimately jumped into a water tanker truck, used it to ram through a gate and then sped off.

The men managed to escape from officers twice after the Waco robbery.

They sped off in a vehicle as officers were arriving at the Waco store on July 12 and were able to elude officers on a gravel road off the Old Marlin Highway.

Officers from other agencies later spotted the vehicle and again gave chase, but the men escaped for a second time.

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