Victims forced to ride with suspects during armed robbery

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Detectives are looking for a trio of suspects who took several store employees for an impromptu ride during an armed robbery.

Employees at the Dollar General store in the 1800 of South Emerson Avenue told police three men wearing paintball masks walked into the store around 9pm Sunday.

One of the armed suspects ordered an employee to open the store safe. But the employee told the man the safe was “on delay.”

Instead of waiting in the store, the suspects rounded up the three employees and forced them out to a 2007 white Chevy HHR in the parking lot. The employees were told to get into the vehicle. While holding the employees at gunpoint, the suspects drove them around surrounding neighborhoods for about ten minutes.

The ride was terrifying, according to a store employee who did not want to give her name.

After apparently killing time for ten minutes, the suspects drove back to the store. One of the robbers forced an employee to walk inside with him to open the safe. After grabbing an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspects let all three employees out of the vehicle and left the area.

But they apparently didn’t go far.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police recovered the Chevy less than half a mile away, at the corner of Minnesota and Butler. According to police records, the vehicle had been reported stolen from an address on West Troy Avenue. It was towed and impounded for evidence processing.

No employees were injured during the robbery.

Detailed suspect descriptions were not available because of the black paintball masks they were wearing. But employees estimated the suspects were males in their 20s. One of them noted that one of the suspects was wearing his blue jeans inside out.

This is the second armed robbery to take place at this Dollar General store in 2013. But it’s the third armed robbery of a business in the same building within the last month.