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attempted armed robbery at dairy queen

Thursday, December 28, 2017 16:19 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A money seeking gunman walked into Dairy Queen at Westville with a ski mask on to find the cash registers already locked.

Jittery, perhaps, the would-be bandit chose not to wait for an employee to return with the keys.

Town Marshal Darin Mercer said the store at 56 S. Flynn Rd. was actually closed when the gunman walked in before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Employees stopped accepting customers but failed to lock the door the suspect opened while they were preparing to close for the night.

He displayed a gun and demanded money.

Police said an employee was heading to the back to the store to retrieve the keys to the registers when the man chose not to stick around.

''It looks just by the appearance of the video like the suspect was definitely nervous. He waited only for a second or two and fled,'' Mercer said.

Investigators believe the gunman may have left the area in a motor vehicle parked in a gravel access road just west of the business.

''As cold as it is and dressed the way he was, you got to have some kind of transportation,'' said Mercer.

The gunman was black, 6'3" in height and very thin, police said.

Mercer said it appears he had on black sweatpants and a white t-shirt underneath a black sweatshirt.

Mercer said his department will work with police in Valparaiso to see if the crimes are connected.
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