Three teens behind bars after armed robbery at Mishawaka Family Dollar
Posted: Apr 10, 2012 3:45 PM EST | Updated: Nov 5, 2014 8:22 PM EST
MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- Right now, three teens are behind bars in connection to an armed robbery at a Mishawaka Family Dollar store.
But that's just the beginning.
ABC57’s Ashley Izbicki talked to police and shows us how the teens might be connected to several crimes in Indianapolis.
Police said the teens who robbed a clerk at gunpoint here last night might be behind an armed robbery in Indianapolis over the weekend.
Officers say the trio off from here in a black Jeep and that Jeep belongs to a pizza delivery guy in Indy who was roughed up, robbed, and carjacked while making a delivery.
Police think the teens stole his car, drove it about three hours, and then decided to try their luck here.
Around 9 p.m. on Monday, police said the teens stopped at this Family Dollar on 4th Street, where a 15-year-old went inside, pointed a gun at the clerk, and demanded money from the cash register.
Officers said the young man ran out and jumped in the Jeep. That’s when the trio took off, heading down 4th Street. But they didn’t get too far.
An officer spotted the Jeep driving fast, with no lights on, down an alley near the intersection of 4th and Spring Streets, just a few blocks from the store.
Assistant Chief Dan Gebo said the Indianapolis trio is now in some serious trouble. He said he is just thankful the young men didn’t hurt anyone at this store last night.
“We’re pretty happy about that and now they’re in jail. And society is safer, at least for a couple of nights,” said Gebo.
Police said the teens now face armed robbery, possession of stolen property, and possession of marijuana charges.
And those are just the charges here in Saint Joseph County.
Officers are also investigating an armed robbery at a Pizza Hut in Mishawaka that happened about an hour later. But they say the two are not connected.