Caught on Camera: Indy woman robbed of rent money at gunpoint outside check cashing business

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An Indianapolis woman is robbed of her rent money outside a check cashing business at 2335 East 38th St. at about 12:46 p.m. on Sept. 26. That's on the city's northeast  side.

Police hope surveillance pictures of the thief will lead to an arrest.

Cashing a check at the PLS store on 38th street, a woman walked outside and immediately found herself confronted by this gun wielding thief with a simple demand.

“He said, ‘Hand just over your wallet.’  Then he said, ‘I don’t want to have to shoot you.  Just hand me the wallet.  Don’t make it difficult,’” said robbery victim Latasha Wright.

As the gunman walked away he could clearly be seen wearing a camouflage jacket and white hat.   With a gun pointed at her, Latasha felt she had no choice but to hand over her wallet, along with all her cash.

“It’s like either just give it up and live or basically die for what’s yours.  I mean and I have three kids so to me I’m just basically going to give up the wallet,” said Wright.

The victim says she’s had a hard time making ends meet over the last month after being robbed of $1,400, but police say she did the right thing by coopering and living to tell the tale.

“Losing that kind of money is devastating, but losing a family member and that the money is unrecoverable.  She did the right thing,” said Det. Tim Conley with Crime Stoppers.

Because customers at check cashing businesses sometimes carry out lots of cash, police say they can be targets of crime and remind everyone to be careful.

“They’re looking for a target they can hit quickly and leave,” said Conley.  “We just have to remind ourselves to be aware of our surroundings.”

Latasha admits losing $1,400 dollars has made it hard to pay her bills over the last 30 days, but she just wants this armed crook to be caught before he steals from anyone else.

“This is all the money I had.  This was like my bill money, car money and my kids money.  I was totally upset,” said Wright.

Luckily, the woman was not hurt during the robbery, but anyone with information on the case is still asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.