Citizens on high alert following three strong-armed robberies

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Whiteland and New Whiteland detectives are investigating three robberies that happened within a month. The latest was reported Friday.

Early Friday morning, the Circle K off U.S. 31 and Tracy Road was robbed. A man walked into the store, pointed a gun at a customer who had walked into the store after him. He then forced the customer to the counter and demanded money. Then, he forced the customer into the victim’s car and made him drive to Indianapolis. The suspect got out of the car near Interstate 70 and Harding Street.

“It scared me, you know, ’cause we’re a small town (and) stuff like this doesn’t happen here,” Lori Potter said.

Potter is the owner of Tan Worx. The salon is located near Circle K.

“(I am a) small business owner and I worry about my employees and their safety,” Potter said.

The clerk and the customer are okay. Meanwhile, New Whiteland authorities continue to search for the suspect.

“Whenever you see something like that or you hear about it, you think ‘wow’. They could come here and do the same thing to us,” Ed Ward said.

Ward is the owner of the Tracy Plaza Barber Shop. His business is close to Circle K too. Several years ago, his business was broken into. He said he is not worried about the recent crimes.

“Make no mistake, it’s not just isolated to this town. It’s about everywhere,” Ward said.

Detectives called the robbery a random crime.

They are investigating two additional robberies, which happened across the street from each other. These two robberies are believed to be connected. In both cases, a man is accused of punching an employee in the face. The Dollar General in New Whiteland was robbed first at 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 25. The second strong armed robbery happened March 8 at 5 a.m. at the Swifty Gas Station.

Immediately after those two robberies, Potter said a police officer gave her a flyer with details about the crimes. Potter was told more officers would patrol the area.

“Usually, the police come by in the evening and keep (their) eyes on the place,” Potter said.

Detectives said these three violent crimes are unusual for these two towns.

“I’ve talked to police and they said if I ever have a question or fear to give (them) a call and they’ll come over,” Ward said.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of both men, contact Whiteland Police at (317) 535-8100 or New Whiteland Police at (317) 535-9781.

41 comments

  • RichieSlammer

    Citizens on high alert is nice title cause you are little boys that wish you where men. Please Please Please coming knocking on my door with the intent of doing harm or better yet just try to take me hostage getting gas or walking to my car cause like most REDNECKS as you like to call us, well we are not part of your trash 47% but you will become part of the 1% without a second thought!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Guest

      Dude….. Stop leaving comments until u have at least mastered grammar, spelling, punctuation and can form your thoughts into at least one intelligent paragraph that doesn't make my eyes bleed ……. Inbred!!!!!

    • Gat273

      "REDNECKS as you like to call us, well we are not part of your trash 47%"

      Uhmmmmm. Yeah you are.

      You and your Oxy poppin, Vicodin,disability abusing cast are a huge part of the 47%. I see your women in pajamas at Wal-Mart carrying the largest red neck china(gas station big gulp drinks)in the middle of the day spending that gubment money.

      I see ya'll at the Speedway buying lotto tickets and Tourney cigarettes right after coming off an under the table job ya'll like to have while claiming disability and skipping out on paying child support for little Tyler.

      When Mitt speaks of the 47%, leaching red necks were included.

    • happy

      Hope Richie would give them a ride then we would be better off because we would never see them again. Go Richie

    • Gat273

      "how did he get to Whiteland"

      10-1 this fool is the "boyfriend" of a silly white chick.

      Not only did she import this dude, she's probably in contact with him now.

      Say what you will but when you see a sudden influx of dread wearing, sagging thug black guys in zones where you don't see blacks at all, it's usually because of some silly (black)thug loving Becky.

      Soon this guy will start importing extra losers for this thrill seeking skank's friends.

      Shortly thereafter, you'll see a spike in "city" crime such as burglaries and robberies.

      • HOLMES

        Just incase you don't get around in your so called little town, you dumb white trash bitch there IS black people around there and just cause some ones black doesn't mean there bad! There is a lot of hard working BLACK MEN in Indiana, just incase your that dumb and don't know!

  • Guest

    If we had a better mass transit system, thugs wouldn't have to force their victims to give them a ride back to the 'hood.

    • HOLMES

      So you must be one of those dumb ass rednecks that live down there! Come just a little north of were you live and talk like that and you wont make it back to were you come from!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! U R SO WHITE TRASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • the truth hurts

        What you and your 200 cousins gonna beat up a single white dude or are you alone gonna shoot him?

      • Anonoymous

        Funny how people get mad when you say the word NIGGER. Last time I checked we have the right to say whatever the fuck we want. But its all fine when you say cracker,white trash, honkey, ect.. Guess what bub NIGGERS do infact ruin everything. Not word of mouth, look at your weekly watch dog. Look at who gets locked up all the time. They want to pull the race card say white man wont give them a chance when they wont even try to get a job. They rather sale drugs or rob old ladys. Your president is black, you have negro funding, food stamps, black history month, bet do I need to keep fucking explaing myself to jackass idiototic people like you??

  • Fckblkppl

    Niggers doing what niggers do best! No surprise, niggers love bringing down communities, that's all they know!!!

  • Guest

    These savages won't stop until this country looks like 3rd world Africa. If they want to ruin society and murder each other, then ship these primates out. Lock em up for good. It obvious that 80 % of these animals just give a shit about anything but weed, dope and Obama and killing.

  • ilove niggaz

    yall so dam ignorant and too dam funny calling us niggers because yall grand kids grew up in such rural areas but yet still want to value the character of the beasty side of the black race its in our nature you fucks wanna bes yall go kill ya moma grandmoma kids and all the fucking neighbors but we animals you bitches are born stankin assholes so never try to rest your pride on black people because we will tear yo ass down so stop thinking yall gon hold that cash ransom its some goons out hear coming to get it so get cha mouth right before ya have ta get it tightened up yall see black folk aint got no jurisdiction

    • Hate

      We’re Ignorant? You Need A Dictionary Shoved Up Your Ass. You Peach Violence, Bring It. I Will Shoot Your Little Black Asses Down.

    • Guest

      Execute them all. That's the only way this country will survive. The think they have some kind of hate because of slavery and they are bringing revenge? Time to line them up and plant them all.

      • Person

        Funny this slavery was around way before America. White men didnt start it either dumbasses need to research O wait!!! There to fucking lazy because they rather fuck bitches, sale drugs, and shoot each other.

  • Ridiculous

    These message boards of full of it and the administrator that runs it must be racist! Why are some comments disabled but hateful comments that are clearly from a racist connotation not deleted. I know some people embrace the word nigga as just an endearing term "so they say" and it means nothing, but when you see a post saying "Niggers doing what niggers do best! No surprise, niggers love bringing down communities, that's all they know!!!", and " Niggers. Fucking Niggers Everywhere." left under a name titled "Hate". what kind of administrator doesn't remove that? Hmmmm…. this is a horrible crime that took place, but these comments are RIDICULOUS!

    • Guest

      That because whites cant say anything about blacks but blacks can scream racism about any and all comments? Liberals…….p

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