They say everything in life is a gateway to something else.

Having a few drinks after work every day is a gateway to alcoholism. Playing cards online is a gateway to gambling addiction. So on and so forth, right?

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So does that mean robbing insurance agencies at gunpoint is the gateway to...bank robberies?

Look, we hear about a lot of theft in Amarillo. I don't know what it is about it, but I swear I hear more about it here than I have anywhere I've lived. Austin, Denver, and San Francisco don't seem to hold a candle to Amarillo.

However, this is a new one even for me. Yesterday, August 2nd, two different insurance agencies less than a mile apart from each other were held up at gunpoint.

The first one happened at the Texas Insurance agency at 1500 E. Amarillo Blvd. The suspect walked into the building, pulled out a gun, grabbed some cash, and bolted through a back door.

He wasn't satisfied with just that one though. He wanted to press his luck and go for the double dip.

The next stop on his list was Amarillo's Insurance Agency just down the road at 3009 E. Amarillo Blvd. Before heading in, it appears the suspect changed his clothes as he entered in with a different set of clothing from the first robbery.

According to Google Maps, the two businesses are less than a mile apart, and approximately a 15 minute walk. The first robbery took place around 10:16 am, and the second one at 10:30 am. It would seem the times match up.

Police are currently searching for at least one suspect at this time, suggesting the robberies were committed by the same person. It is possible though that it was a coordinated deal with multiple people. Time will tell.

All I know is that if insurance agencies are starting to get hit, I'd be on the lookout if I were in a bank right now. I mean, everything is a gateway to something else...right?

Amarillo Murders in 2021

With an official tally of 27 murders, the year 2021 saw the highest number of homicides in Amarillo since 1994.

Below is a closer look at the year's criminal acts that resulted in life lost.

**Note from the Editor: The following is not an exhaustive list. We have compiled what you see below from news reports, official police statements, along with where the case stands in the court system. If you see any errors in reporting or fact, please email the editor directly at sarah.clark@townsquaremedia.com along with any supporting documents.

We wish to stress that all individuals charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

***Not pictured: Edward Matthew Gamez

Amarillo's Biggest Drug Busts in 2021.....So Far

Amarillo can be a rowdy place with some lawless characters. Here's some of the biggest drug busts made in Amarillo for 2021 so far....and a little bit of the backstory.

Let's just say that these folks are in t-r-o-u-b-l-e.

Note from editor: An indictment is not a conviction. All individuals shown below who have not appeared in court for a judgement are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.