|Two Robberies in Two Days|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00|
Tipp City police are investigating two robberies that occurred at businesses west of Interstate 75 since Friday morning.
Police Detective Sgt. Chris Graham said the robberies are not connected.
The New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank at 5129 S. County Road 25A, was robbed of about $1,900 around 10:40 a.m. Friday. The robber was described as a white man; about 6-foot 5 inches tall and weighing around 200 pounds.
The man tried to enter the bank around 9:30 a.m., but the doors were locked. He was seen afterward and before returning on cameras inside Hock's Pharmacy, 5175 S. County Road 25A.
On returning to the bank, the man told the teller he had a gun, though none was seen, and instructed the teller to go to the restroom and wait one minute after giving him the money, Graham said.
After the robbery, the man was seen running across the parking lot and getting into a blue or green Dodge Durango. The vehicle left south on County Road 25A.
Around the same time, police received a complaint of a white vehicle driving recklessly on northbound Interstate 75. Police now believe that call may have been made by the robber on leaving the bank in an attempt to distract them, Graham said.
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call police at 667-3112.
The second robbery took place around 6:40 p.m. Saturday when a man jumped across the counter and took money from the cashier at Frisch’s Restaurant at 16 Weller Drive.
The robber was described as a white man in his early 20s, standing 5-foot, 8 inches to 5-foot 9-inches.
Graham said security cameras showed the man milling around inside the restaurant before telling the cashier he wanted a piece of pecan pie. “As soon as she opens the till, he is over the counter,” he said.
The man took around $200 in $20 bills before running from the business to the parking lot and getting into a white Dodge Neon.
A restaurant employee followed the man into the lot and grabbed onto the car as the man was speeding from the lot. The employee was dragged a distance by the car and was treated at the scene for injuries, Graham said.
Witnesses were able to provide police a partial license plate of FTQ as the first three letters.
Again, police ask anyone with information about the robbery to contact the department at 667-3112.