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9/3/2014 - Robbery at First Financial in Farmersburg, elementary performs ‘supervised dismissal’
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FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTHI) – Around 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday officials responded to a 911 call of a robbery that happened at the First Financial Bank in Farmersburg.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts reports a black male approached the tellers, displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. The suspect is believed to be 5’6? to 5’7?, thin build, wearing a dark hat with red STL letters, dark mask, green sunglasses, dark sweater type shirt, dark pants and white gloves.

Vigo County Sheriff’s Deputy Khris Morris and his K-9 “Blitz” searched the area and report they did find evidence but they are not releasing that information at this time. Officials believe the suspect fled on foot, northeast from the bank.

They then believe he got in a white Chrysler with some sort of damage to the passenger side and headed north on 41 out of Farmersburg.

Photo of the vehicle officials believe the suspect fled in - Photo provided by Indiana State Police
Photo of the vehicle officials believe the suspect fled in – Photo provided by Indiana State Police

“Blitz” was able to track the suspect northeast of the bank through yards to where investigators believe the suspect vehicle was parked along Cyrus Street.

Northeast North Elementary performed a ‘supervised dismissal’ after being on lock down throughout the afternoon.

Police are also video from surrounding businesses to aid in the search.

All of us go in a bank, which is why police say we should think of what we would do in that scary circumstance.

“Do what they feel they need to do to stay safe, that’s first and foremost. Be good witnesses. Don’t try and be a hero, be a good witness. You have to save your life while you’re in there. You never know if these things can turn bad or not. So just try and think of what you might do beforehand,” said Sergeant Joe Watts, Indiana State Police.

This isn’t the first time this particular bank has been targeted.

What makes it so attractive to criminals?

“It’s a small town and it’s easy access to U.S. 41 which is a four-lane highway that travels north and south. So, it’s a small town possibly and it’s easy access and getaway,” said Sergeant Watts.

The bank employees and two customers were inside the bank at the time of the robbery. They were shaken, but no injuries were reported.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact ISP Detective Mike Taylor at 765-653-4114, the Putnamville Post or call Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP (7867).

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3/29/2014 - Armed robbery at Check into Cash
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Around 1 p.m. on Saturday the Terre Haute Police Department responded to an armed robbery on Wabash Avenue.

Police say the suspect used a weapon in the robbery at Check into Cash at 2736 Wabash Avenue in the Kroger Plaza.

The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.

THPD are continuing their search for this suspect. If you have any information, you can report it to Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.

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3/5/2014 - This Week the Vigo County Sheriffs Office Needs Your Help
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On Tuesday March 4th, 2014 at approximately 3:17am deputies were dispatched to a home invasion and armed robbery at 132 Halt Dr. in Terre Haute.
The caller reported that two suspects had forced their way into the home, then displayed a pistol and demanded money from the tenant - Levi Bedwell.
Deputies learned that Bedwell and his girlfriend
– Sarah Roberts were asleep inside the home as the suspects pried open the front door.
The perpetrators then entered the bedroom, where they kicked and pistol whipped Bedwell, demanding cash and marijuana.
One of the suspects threatened to shoot Bedwell, however no shots were fired inside the home.
As the suspects fled the residence, Bedwell fired two rounds at their vehicle with a 20ga shotgun smashing out the passenger side window. Deputies did discover broken glass near the roadway.
The suspects then fled north on US HWY 41 toward Terre Haute in what was described as a light colored, mid size, four door passenger car, possibly a Dodge.
Both suspects were described as white males in their 20’s.
The weapons were described as semi-automatic pistols, and it is believed that one was silver.
Deputies report that Bedwell’s head and face were covered with blood, however he declined medical treatment.
The suspects made off with several hundred dollars in cash and a Sony laptop, however no marijuana was found inside the Bedwell home.
Detectives are asking anyone with information on the home invasion to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 812-462-3226 or by calling Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP
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1/11/2014 - Robbery at Terre Haute Savings Bank on Lafayette Avenue
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - UPDATE 4:45 PM: Just before noon on Saturday the Terre Haute Savings Bank located at 1820 Lafayette Avenue was robbed.

The Terre Haute Police Department stated the suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male, 25 to 35 years old, approximately 6 foot tall and thin build.

He was wearing a dark color zip-up jacket, light blue jeans, dark shoes/boots, black sunglasses and a light grey stocking cap with the letters “ABC” on the front.

This is an active investigation and THPD asks for anyone with any information on the robbery or the suspect to call the department at (812) 238-1661 or Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.

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12/22/2013 - Abduction - Southern Vigo County
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Vigo County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying individuals wanted for questioning in an abduction of a 15 year old female in southern Vigo County.
According to Vigo County Sheriff`s officials, on Sunday 12-22-2013 at approx 5:30pm, a female juvenile was inside her southern Vigo County residence when she heard a knock at the door.
The female opened the door because the individual was holding a box and appeared to be a delivery person. As she stepped outside, the male attempted to grab her.  She immediately ran back inside, and the male followed her inside the house. She reports that she ran out the door in an attempt to get away.
Once outside she states she was confronted by second male. She states the second male displayed a knife and both males then forced her inside a van.
She was in the van for an undetermined amount of time. The males later released her within a mile of her home.  She states a passerby gave her a ride home.
The suspect vehicle was described as cargo style minivan, with faded burgundy paint. She described the exterior as dull with no shine.
She felt certain the van had some sort of white lettering on it.  She said the letter had the letter “K” in it, and believed the “K” was larger than the rest of the lettering.
She states the vans interior was dark, and the floor had a plywood covering.
Detectives showed the female several pictures of cargo vans and she believes the vehicle could be a Chevrolet Astro cargo van.
** To aid in identification… a picture of a similar vehicle is attached**
 Suspect #1:  W/M/5-8/ mid 20’s-early 30’s, black cargo pants, blue belt, black polo shirt, black Nike hat with blue swoosh symbol, dark Oakley style glasses, brown goatee, black gloves.
 Suspect #2:  W/M/5-8 to 5-10/ mid 20’s- early 30’s, medium length - curly (bushy) brown hair, and dark clothing.
The female was transported to Regional Hospital where she was later treated and released.
Detectives spent several hours interviewing the female and witnesses, while patrol deputies combed a residential area off Harlan Road, just east of Hoosier Prairie Elementary School for the suspects.
Sheriff`s officials said the two males suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information about the two suspects or a similar vehicle should immediately call the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office at 812-462-3226 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 812-238-STOP.

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12/18/2013 - THPD looking for armed robbery suspect
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Terre Haute Police Department is looking for a suspect after an armed robbery at the Citgo Food Mart located on Lafayette Avenue Tuesday night.

Police say the suspect is a white male, about 6 feet tall wearing a bandana over his face.

The clerk stated the suspect used a knife to demand money from the cash register.

If you have any information about this robbery you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (812) 238-STOP

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10/20/2013 - New details in bar shooting
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - We have new details for you on a weekend shooting we first reported Saturday night.

It happened at the King of Diamonds Lounge on Locust Street.

Police told us they responded to a call of shots fired at around 2:30 Saturday morning.

When they got there, they found two males who had been shot.

Emergency workers took those two to Union Hospital.

Then hours later, a juvenile male showed up at Union Hospital with gunshot wounds as well.

He said he`d been walking by at the time of the gunfire and was shot.

None of the injuries are life threatening.

"Obviously, we`ve talked to a lot of different people with a lot of different perspectives. They did have security there, armed security. They indicated they had returned fire. Security there had fired shots from the direction the shots were coming from. So we`re also looking into that,” said Assistant Chief Shawn Keen, Terre Haute Police Department.

As of Sunday night, police have not mentioned any possible suspects for this case.

They do ask if you have any information about the shooting to share it.

You can do that anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers.

That number is 812-238-STOP.

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8/3/2013 - Vigo Sheriff Investigating Bank Robbery
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Vigo County Sheriff`s deputies are currently working a bank robbery that occurred shortly after 11:30 AM this morning. The suspect entered the Old National Bank located at 4675 S Us Hwy 41 with a gun described as a small silver handgun and demanded money. The staff at the bank cooperated with the suspects demands an he then fled the bank through a rear door and fled west from the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. A search of the area by deputies and Terre Haute Police and K-9 units did not locate the suspect. It is believed that the suspect may have been marked with an exploding dye pack and should be marked with red dye. the suspect possibly left in a vehicle. At the time of the robbery, there were several customers inside the bank including a young child. No one was injuries during the robbery. The suspect is described as a white male between the ages of 40 and 50, 5`6" - 5`8" tall, between 140 - 160 pounds wearing blue jeans, gray tee-shirt, tan ball cap and dark sunglasses. At the time of the robbery he was wearing what appears to be a surgical type mask. The investigation is ongoing at this time and the FBI has been called in to assist.

If you have any information please call Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.

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7/31/2013 - ISP: 2 arrested, 1 wanted in sexual assault caseIN CUSTODY
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - After a near three week investigation, Indiana State Police confirm that a 14-year-old female was sexually assaulted by acquaintances at a local Terre Haute hotel.

Officials confirm the assault took place on or around June 30.

On Tuesday afternoon, Peter Joseph Tanoos II, 18, and Tucker Lee Ray, 18, submitted themselves at the Vigo County Jail. A third man, Christopher Ivan Lucio Hayden, 19, is still wanted for questioning.

The investigation revealed the victim reported the incident to her family on July 2 who then contacted law enforcement.

After taken to a Terre Haute hospital for treatment, officials determined the victim was intoxicated and somewhat incapacitated while at a private party near downtown Terre Haute, according to a press release.

She was then taken to a south side Terre Haute hotel where officials report she was sexually assaulted by Tanoos II and Ray while images were reported to have been taken by Hayden.

On Tuesday afternoon, Tanoos II and Ray were pictured in handcuffs with Indiana State Police officers outside of the Vigo County Jail.

Tanoos II faces possible charges of child exploitation and sexual battery. Ray faces possible charges of sexual deviate conduct, child exploitation, and sexual battery.

Hayden is wanted for the possible charges of child exploitation and possession of child pornography

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Hayden, contact Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.

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7/19/2013 - Marshall, Ill. Jiffy Mart robbed early Friday

Marshall, Ill. Jiffy Mart robbed early Friday

Updated: Friday, 19 Jul 2013, 2:37 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 19 Jul 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

MARSHALL, Ill. (WTHI) - Officials report two white, male suspects entered the Jiffy Travel Mart in Marshall, Ill. around 4 a.m. Friday carrying a gun and demanded money.

Both suspects had their faces covered with clothing and a mask. They left the Jiffy Travel Mart on foot.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.

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