DATE: Friday, January 06, 2017
SUBJECT: Clerk Thwarts Overnight Convenience Store Robbery
RELEASE NUMBER: 2017-NR-003
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
On Friday, January 06, 2017 at 12:42 am the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an attempted robbery at the Circle 'S' Convenience Mart on South Red Bank Road.
The clerk reported that the suspect entered the store from the south side of the building and approached the counter. The suspect implied he had a weapon in the front pocket of his sweatshirt and then demanded money from the register. The clerk confronted the suspect with a weapon of their own, which prompted the suspect to flee the store.
The clerk described the suspect as a white male in his early 20’s who was wearing blue jeans and a hooded sweatshirt. The suspect was last seen driving north on Red Bank Road in a small pick-up truck with loud exhaust.
Anyone with information regarding this attempted robbery is asked to call the Sheriff's Office tip line at (812) 421-6297 or leave a tip at www.vanderburghsheriff.com.
The Sheriff's Office does not recommend resisting a robbery attempt unless you face eminent peril. We offer the following recommendations if you find yourself the victim of a robbery:
- Take no action that would jeopardize your own safety.
- Follow the robber's directions, but do not volunteer more than he asks for.
- Advise the robber of any movements you must make and assure him you will cooperate.
- If the robber used a hold-up note, try to retain it, and handle it as little as possible.
- If possible, activate the alarm only if you can do so safely without detection.
- Attempt to alert other employees by use of prearranged signals, but only if safe to do so.
- Remember the robbers clothing, race, age, height, sex, complexion, color of hair and eyes.
- Note anything unusual about the robber, such as scars or tattoos.
- Note the number of accomplices and how they left the premises, direction of travel, type and color of the car and the license number.
- Note type, size and color of the weapon.
- Watch where the robber puts his or her hands or whether he or she touches anything.
- Call 911 immediately after the robbery. The person who calls the police should be able to stay on the phone if the dispatcher requests that he do so.
- Lock all doors and ask all witnesses to remain until the officers arrive. If a witness must leave, obtain his or her name, address and telephone number.
- All witnesses should write down a description of all the suspects. Do not discuss the robbery or compare notes about the robber's appearance with anyone.
- Protect the crime scene. Do not touch anything.
- If you were given a note by the robber, handle it carefully. Hold the note by the edges so that any fingerprints that may be on the paper will not be disturbed.