Man linked to robbery attempts at 2 local Walmart stores arrested

Police think the same man tried unsuccessfully to rob a bank at one local Walmart store and a cashier at a second. (Surveillance photo/Bellmead Police Dept.)
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(KWTX) Police Wednesday arrested a man they think is responsible for robbery attempts at Walmart Super Centers in Bellmead and Hewitt, sparking unfounded rumors of an active shooter in one of the stores.

Bellmead police arrested Michael Chad Reeves, 41, Wednesday n Lacy Lakeview, Hewitt police said in a Facebook post late Wednesday morning.

He was in the McLennan County Jail Wednesday evening charged with aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence in the bank robbery attempt in Bellmead in connection with which he may also face federal charges.

Charges stemming from the Hewitt incident were pending.

His bond had not been set, according to online records.

The first robbery attempt occurred at the Chase Bank inside the Walmart store at 1521 North Interstate 35 Frontage Rd. in Bellmead at around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday.

The man handed the teller a note demanding money that indicated he had a gun, although a weapon wasn’t displayed, police said.

The man left the store empty-handed, but the incident triggered rumors about an active shooter in the store that police said were unfounded.

He drove off in a silver four-door Ford Focus with black rims.

The man struck again at around 6:40 p.m. at the Walmart store at 733 Sun Valley Road in Hewitt where he approached the cashier in the lawn and garden section and demanded money while displaying a handgun in the waistband of his shorts.

Again he left the store empty-handed.