WELLS COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) — Police in two Wells County towns are working together to solve two armed robberies they think were committed by the same man.
“My manager handled it the absolute best that he could, kept all my employees safe,” Brian Burns says.
At about 9:30 Thursday night, a man wearing shorts, a hoodie pulled up over his head, and a bandana over his face walked into Bluffton’s Little Caesars Pizza and pointed a gun at the four employees inside, including a 16-year-old girl.
They handed over the cash and weren’t physically hurt.
“The amount of fear that you put into somebody for that is just not worth it. Not worth it at all. And it’s a traumatizing event for a lot of people, and it is, like I said, not worth it,” Little Caesars co-owner Burns says.
Then just before ten, as the Dollar General was closing up the road in Ossian, police believe the same man walked inside.
Just as in Bluffton, he was wearing shorts, a hoodie over his head, and a bandana covering his face.
He wore gloves during this robbery, too.
“He did display a gun, which he had in his hand when he entered into the building. Didn’t actually point it at any of the employees but did display it the entire time he was in the store,” Ossian Police Officer Stephanie Tucker says.
She says the employees kept their composure and did exactly what the man demanded, which was to give him cash out of the drawer so he wouldn’t harm them.
“Very pleased, very pleased. They were able to provide us with quite a bit of detailed information, so that’s always a plus. But, yes, they remained calm and did what they needed to do, so very proud of them for that,” Officer Tucker says.
Police think the man had a car waiting, because just like in Bluffton, a K9 lost his tracking scent not far from the scene.
“I think it’s terrible that somebody would come and rob rather than go out and get a job,” says Dollar General customer Lana Daniels.
Both police departments have surveillance video of the suspect but are still reviewing it before they release it.