ANDERSON, Ind. —
Two men robbed an active downtown area convenience store in the middle of the day.
According to Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur, two men held up the store at 14th and Main streets Wednesday, and at least one of them had a handgun.
At about noon, a store employee walked outside to take a smoke break and was approached by two men. One of the men told the employee he was armed and forced him back into the store, where the man demanded cash. One employee told police the man battered him because he wasn't moving fast enough, but the employee refused medical treatment at the scene.
Witnesses told police the robbers left and headed east on foot toward the area of Home Avenue. Anderson police searched the area with the help of a K-9 dog from the Madison County Sheriff's Department, but were unable to find the suspects. One person was detained by police but released once they determined he had no connection to the crime. Investigators ran across some clothing but were unable to find any other clues.
Sandefur said witnesses described the armed man as a thinly-built black man, about 6 feet tall and wearing sunglasses. During the robbery, he was wearing a light-colored jacket with a black hood, blue jeans and a black mask that partially covered his face. The man who waited outside was described as a black man, about 5 feet 10 or 11 inches tall, wearing a blue and black Colts jacket and jeans.
"It was a pretty brazen crime, to do it in the middle of the day in a busy area like that. You have both the library and the police station close by," Sandefur said. "On the other hand, in an area like that with a lot of people, it can be a good place to blend in."
Sandefur said the store had surveillance footage of the incident that could help in the investigation.
Anyone with information related to the robbery is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 765-649-8310.
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