The Herald Bulletin

April 11, 2013

Police arrest three in connection with armed robbery

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin

MARKLEVILLE, Ind. — Three men suspected of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint Wednesday morning are in police custody.

Police believe John S. Weaver, 28, of Carthage, Shawn M. Adams, 21, of Greenfield and James Shearer, 28, of Greenfield robbed the Bake Mart convenience store and gas station at the intersection of Indiana 38 and 109 about 9 a.m., according to a press release from Indiana State Police spokesman John Bowling.

According to the release, employees told police a masked man entered the store with a BB gun that looked like a Glock 9 mm handgun, approached the owner of the store and waved the gun in his face saying, “give me your money or I will kill you.”

“There was another employee inside the store who avoided being seen by the man. She escaped into a bathroom,” said Markleville Police Chief Sam Weist. “There was no way to tell that the gun was a BB gun.”

After the man received the money, he ran out of the store and drove off in an older model red Dodge pickup with at least two other people inside. The employees were able to get the plate number from the truck as it drove away.

Weist and Pendleton ISP Post Detective Bob May collected evidence at the store and dispatched an alert on the truck and suspects. Shortly after 12:30 p.m., Greenfield police arrested the men at their home near the intersection of Sixth Street and School Road in Greenfield. Police said they found the stolen money at the house.

Shearer was wanted on three additional outstanding warrants in Hancock County for possession of paraphernalia, failure to stop after an accident and driving while suspended. He and Adams were charged with Class B felony robbery. Weaver was charged with armed robbery, also a Class B felony.

According to public records, Weaver pleaded guilty to driving while suspended in 2005, and Adams pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia in 2012.

According to the release, the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed.

“This investigation would not have been possible without the assistance of several departments, and citizens who came forward with information,” May said.

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