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Attempted armed robbery of Virk's Mart

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The Porter County Sheriff’s Police is investigating the attempted robbery on Friday of Virk’s Mart at 3901 E. U.S. Highway 12 in Pine Township.

According to police, at 11:06 p.m. the duty clerk observed a subject wearing a white ski mask—exposing his eyes and mouth only—walk between the pumps, enter the store, and approach the front counter. The subject then demanded money. The clerk asked how much, the suspect said all of it, and then—while attempting to converse with the suspect—the clerk “bent down and hit the silent alarm button,” police said.

At that point the suspect fled the store, crossed U.S. 12, and ran in the direction of Hickory Street. No cash was lost in the incident, police said.

Throughout the attempted robbery, the suspect kept his hands inside the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt. The clerk did notice that an unknown object—apparently pointing at him—was stretching the inside pocket of the sweatshirt, giving the clerk the impression that the suspect was armed, police said.

A K-9 unit was dispatched to the scene and made a track leading to a residence in the 1500 block of Hickory Street. The resident there, however, permitted officers to search the home and it was determined that no suspect was in the residence, police said.

The suspect was believed to be a white male in his late twenties or early thirties, 5’4’’ to 5’6’’ in height, with blue eyes. He was wearing a grey hoodie and blue jeans.

Surveillance video of the incident will be made available to investigators.



Posted 7/24/2012