Armed suspect sought

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Putnam County sheriff's detectives are continuing to pursue leads in the case of an armed robbery that occurred at the Tobacco Road gas station at I-70 and Ind. 243 early Monday morning.

Det. Mike Biggs told the BannerGraphic Tuesday morning that a male, carrying what was described as a black handgun, entered the gas station shortly after 3 a.m. Monday and demanded money from the clerk on duty.

The clerk did not resist and was not injured, Biggs said, however, the thief made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Following a tip, Biggs and deputies from the sheriff's department were able to track down the suspected get-away vehicle, a maroon van, which they located in a wooded area near the interstate and the gas station. He said the suspects went to a great deal of trouble to conceal the vehicle and that it was deep within the wooded area.

After locating the van, detectives were able to track down some "persons of interest" outside the county. Biggs spent much of the day Monday conducting interviews.

Biggs said he is still in the process of determining how many suspects were involved, however, he confirmed that there was at least an alleged gunman and a driver of the van.

Sheriff's deputies Dwight Simmons and Craig Sibbitt were the initial responders to the scene. Lt. Dan Wallace assisted later in the morning in the vicinity of the van.

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