Robbery at Cash America Pawn Shop, suspect(s) still at large

(Photo Supplied/ Fort Wayne Police Department)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – The Fort Wayne Police Department was dispatched to the Cash America Pawn Shop, 4307 Anthony Blvd., around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in reference to a robbery.

An on-scene witness informed the police that a 40 or 50-year-old black man, around 5’8″ with a medium build, bald, and wearing a black t-shirt and light colored jean shorts, walked into the store and directly up to the counter.

The man produced a short-handled sledge hammer and began banging on the glass display cases.

After breaking the glass, the man started grabbing jewelry from the case.

After hearing local witnesses whisper, the man displayed a pocket knife, yelled at them, then fled the store.

Witnesses informed police the man fled southbound on Anthony Blvd.

The police entered the pawn shop and spoke with the pawnbroker, who described the man as black, 5’6″, with short hair and gray scruff, wearing a gray shirt and dark colored jeans.

As police exited the pawn shop, an employee at Belmont Beverage provided more information, including video surveillance of two males from the perspective of Belmont Beverage.

The two men walked eastbound through the parking lot of Belmont Beverage and across the street toward Cash America Pawn.

The video shows a man with a dark t-shirt staying outside, possibly on the lookout for a man in a white t-shirt.

Around 9:30 a.m. the man with the white t-shirt runs out of Cash America Pawn and across Anthony Blvd.

The man with dark clothing started to run westbound across the north end of the parking lot.

The suspect with the white t-shirt runs westbound directly in front of Belmont Beverage and appears to be cradling something with both arms.

The Belmont Beverage store manager said they will provide the officers the video footage on DVD later on.

The officers also observed a ring on the northwest corner of Belmont Beverage, and fresh drops of blood along the sidewalk.

The blood trail led from the front door down the sidewalk to the edge of the building.

The police did not see any additional blood.

Later on, an anonymous citizen flagged down an officer and said the suspects were in a home at the corner of Anthony Blvd. and Fairfax St.

Upon further investigation, no one of interest was inside the home.

Anyone that recognizes this robbery suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP (436-7867).

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