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,
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.