Three Bovina men were arrested Sunday night after the second Clovis Dairy Queen robbery in a little more than two weeks, according to police.
Jesus Larrea, 18, Joseph Bermea, 18, and Christopher Garcia, 18, were arrested by Parmer County Sheriff's deputies around 10 p.m. Sunday when they crossed into Texas from Curry County on Pleasant Hill Highway, Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said.
About 20 minutes prior to their arrest, a robbery was reported at the Dairy Queen on First Street in Clovis, Whitney said.
Whitney said two men entered the restaurant near closing time as an employee was counting out her cash register drawer.
One of the men, his face wrapped in an ace-type bandage, pointed what she believed to be a gun wrapped in a plastic bag at her and demanded money, ordering her to put it into a camouflage bag, Whitney said, while the other suspect threatened three other employees with a tire iron.
Whitney said the suspect's bandage fell off while the clerk was putting money in the bag and she was able to see his face.
When the suspects fled the store, one of the male employees chased them outside where he was able to get the license plate number of the silver, four-door Ford Focus in which they left the scene, Whitney said.
An alert was issued to area law enforcement agencies, he said.
Parmer County deputies recovered a tire iron, a hatchet, about $500 cash and clothing witnesses described the suspects wearing, police said.
The Clovis Main Street Dairy Queen was also robbed on Oct. 30, Whitney said.
In October, police said two suspects entered the restaurant near closing time, one of them wearing a white Halloween mask and both with their hands wrapped in plastic bags.
Whitney said those arrested Sunday are suspects in the October robbery. He said the Clovis robberies are "very similar" to another October Dairy Queen robbery in Amarillo.
The three are being held in the Parmer County jail, pending extradition to New Mexico, Whitney said.