Cloverdale liquor store clerk tied up during armed robbery; police searching for suspects

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CLOVERDALE, Ind.- Detectives are searching for two armed men who robbed a liquor store Wednesday night around 8 p.m. in Cloverdale.

Police say two masked men with gloves on barged into Cloverdale Liquor Store on North Main Street.

Surveillance video shows two clerks coming into the store after a smoke break, then seconds later the armed robbers follow them in. The armed robbers forced the employees to the ground and even tied one up behind the counter.

“I literally thought I was going to die,” said a Cloverdale Liquor Store clerk named Nicole.

Nicole tells FOX59 she was the employee that was restrained and was also kicked.  She asked us not to show her face or release her last name.

“All I kept saying was, ‘Please let me go home to my kids. Please let me go home to my kids,’” she said.

Detectives believe one of the robbers was wearing a long, dark-colored wig. The men made it clear what they were after.

“They wanted the money. The big stocky guy kept telling me to shut up and stay down,” said Nicole.

The armed robbers were in and out of the store in less than two minutes. They got away with cash, cigarettes, and Nicole’s cell phone.

“I can replace my cell phone but the main thing is I had pictures of my grandparents that I can’t get back. If they can just anonymously return it, if they haven’t broken and destroyed it,” said Nicole.

Nicole showed up to work the same shift the night after the robbery.

“I’m not going to let those people win. If I would’ve stayed home and locked myself in my house then that’s letting them win,” she said.

This is the first business robbery in Cloverdale this year.  Detectives believe these armed robbers may have been planning this crime for a while.

“They obviously had their eye on the activity and chose their time to make an entry. There were no customers in the store and I think that was probably intended,” said Pat McFadden, Chief of Detectives with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives are working with surrounding agencies to see if these suspect could be connected to other robberies.