The Herald Bulletin

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June 11, 2014

Police search for armed robbery suspects

No one injured in grocery store incident

FRANKTON, Ind. — Four minutes before a local grocery closed on Tuesday, two men entered the building with a gun, forced a cashier to the floor and made demands for money.

No one was injured during the robbery at Harvest Market, 1108 Ind. 128, but a large and undisclosed amount of money was stolen, said Frankton Police Marshal David Huffman.

He said this was the first armed robbery his department has investigated in the 29 years he has served on the department.

According to Huffman, at approximately 9:56 p.m., two black men wearing dark hoodies and bandanas over their faces walked into the store minutes before it was set to close at 10 p.m. There were no customers in the store.

One of the men, armed with a handgun, ordered a 42-year-old female cashier to the floor and stole money from the register. The other man entered the office area and took money from a safe.

“It occurred very quickly,” Huffman said.

Three employees were in the grocery when the men committed the robbery.

“One heard the hollering and she left the building out the back door to call 911,” Huffman said. “The other employee was near the meat counter and made it to a phone to call 911.”

Officers were blocks away from the scene, but were unable to apprehend the men. Police are currently processing evidence linked to the case, Huffman said.

Roy Kipp, chief executive for Harvest Market, said he was thankful no one was hurt.

“Everybody followed procedures and the safety of our employees is our first priority,” Kipp said.

Alexandria Police Department K-9 units assisted in the search for the men and were able to pick up a scent. The scent took the dogs east and then northeast of the grocery store for more than a block before it was lost.

Anyone with information on the robbery can call the Madison County Sheriff Department at 642-0221, or contact the Frankton Police Department by email. Email addresses are available on the police department webpage.

Like Traci L. Moyer on Facebook and follow her @moyyer on Twitter, or call 648-4250.

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