Crime

August 17, 2014

Serial fast food restaurant robbery suspect arrested in Fort Worth

Robbery detectives arrested a suspected serial robber Sunday morning at a Fort Worth motel.

A man suspected in more than a dozen business holdups since last month was arrested early Sunday at a Fort Worth motel, police said.

Spergel LaRae Polk was taken into custody without incident at the Century Motel in the 5800 block of East Lancaster Avenue, Sgt. Mike Decker said Sunday in an email.

Polk, 50, confessed to 16 robberies in Fort Worth and, most recently, one in Haltom City at an AT&T store Saturday afternoon, police said.

“The spree began on July Fifth and the locations consisted primarily of fast food restaurants,” Decker said. “In each he indicated he had a weapon.”

Polk’s arrest was the result of the work of officers Jason Bell and Nick Maddock, who questioned area prostitutes about Polk and a tan Chevrolet pickup that had been linked to several robberies he was accused of involvement in during the last few weeks.

Polk also was wanted on a parole violation charge, Fort Worth police said.

In many of the earlier robberies, police said, Polk had an accomplice: Darrell Dewayne Lawrence, 53.

Lawrence was arrested Aug. 5. He remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Sunday, charged with two robberies, court records show.

Since Lawrence’s arrest, police said, Polk continued the robberies alone.

Last week alone, investigators believe he robbed four businesses: a CVS at 4140 E. Lancaster Ave. on Monday; Church’s Chicken at 6500 Meadowbrook Drive on Tuesday; and Subway at 3012 E. Rosedale St. and Metro PCS at 3630 E. Rosedale St. on Thursday, police said.

Thursday’s robberies occurred 15 minutes apart, according to police reports.

Court records say Polk has past convictions for burglary, theft and robbery.

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