Nikolas Reyes Garza Jr.

A Rosenberg man accused of robbing local businesses at knifepoint — some more than once and often on a bicycle — has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Nikolas Reyes Garza Jr., 24, pleaded guilty to the six counts of aggravated robbery, each count a first-degree offense punishable by up to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Garza waived his right to a trial by jury and asked 240th District Court Judge Frank J. Fraley last week to mete out punishment.

Fraley ordered Garza to pay $236 in court costs in each case.

Garza is accused of robbing the Chevron station at 5920 Spur 10 and SH 368 in Pleak on Feb. 28, McDonald’s restaurant at Cottonwood and U.S. 59 on March 28, and the Chevron Travel Plaza, located in the same building, on March 28 and again on April 13. He also pleaded guilty to robbing the Dollar General Store in Pleak on Wednesday, April 25, The Rosenberg Food Store on Avenue R. on April 25, the Chevron Station at Spur 10 and SH 36 in Pleak on May 23.

Investigators succeeded in capturing him on June 13 as part of “Operation Angry Chef” when he returned to rob the McDonald’s restaurant on U.S. 59 and Cottonwood for the second time.

Officers staked out multiple business on June 13, including the restaurant, and arrested him when he arrived on a bicycle and went inside with a large kitchen knife and demanded money. Seconds later, officers holding firearms surrounded him.

An employee at the Pleak Dollar Store told authorities he recognized Garza as “a regular customer” and by his clothing, particularly his shoes.

Investigators said Garza often wore the same clothing during other stick-ups.

During one robbery, Garza tied up the elderly cashier but believed the old man was about to have a heart attack so he left without taking the safe.

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