Porter Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place Monday
afternoon at the Travel Center of America at 1600 West U.S. Highway 20.
According to police, at approximately 5:35 p.m. officers were dispatched to
the business and were advised by an employee that an older male subject had
walked up to the counter with a black small compact hand gun pointed at her
and demanded money. The employee emptied out the bills in the cash register
and placed them in a plastic bag, police said.
The employee then handed the bag to the subject who turned around and walked
out the front door, police said. According to the employee’s description,
the subject got into a “peacock blue color” S-10 or Ford Ranger style
pick-up truck and took off in an unknown direction, police said.
Police secured the scene and dusted for fingerprints but could not find any.
The store’s video surveillance shows the subject to be an older white male,
approximately 240 lbs., 6’ 2” in height, wearing an orange shirt, tan pants,
white bushy hair, medium length white beard and black sunglasses on top of
his head, police said.
An officer on patrol stopped a vehicle with a Porter man matching the
description of the suspect traveling eastbound on U.S. 20, police said. The
man was called out at gun point and detained while the officer searched his
vehicle, police said. After the officer did not locate any evidence of the
crime and further description of the suspect ruled him out, the Porter
resident was cleared of any involvement and released, police said.
Police said the amount stolen from the register was $1,647.