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3 teens arrested in connection with Friendswood Shell store robbery

Justin Devon Land, Krista Gensemer, Christian Russell
Justin Devon Land, Krista Gensemer, Christian Russell

FRIENDSWOOD, Texas – Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with a robbery at a Shell station at FM 528 and Blackhawk on Tuesday morning.

Police said the front doors to the store were broken using concrete rocks around 12:14 a.m. After the owner arrived to the store, a picture of the suspects was given to officers, who began searching the area.

Police said they apprehended Justin Devon Land, 17, of League City and Hope Krista Gensemer, 18, of Friendswood.

After Land and Gensemer were taken into custody, police said they were able to identify the main suspect as Christian Chase Russell, 19.

When officers went to Russell's home in the 16600 block of Hibiscus, family members said they had not seen him since Saturday, but confirmed he lived there, police said.

Officers said within a few minutes they could hear Russell jumping fences near his home. He was still wearing the same clothes and backpack seen in the surveillance video, police said.

Russell was arrested and charged with burglary of a building.

Land was charged with minor in possession of alcohol.

Gensemer was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and minor in possession of alcohol.

Police said the stolen property was returned to the Shell store owner, adding that the Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating a similar burglary on Monday.


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