Fort Wayne Police warned of a holiday-season spike in crime this week after robbers targeted three different east-side businesses in one day.
Just hours after a Georgetown bank was robbed Tuesday, a man walked into a dollar store a quarter-mile down the street and held it up at gunpoint, Fort Wayne police said. A grocery east of downtown also reported a robbery.
"Right around the holidays is when these crimes increase, and it's usually robberies to businesses and individuals that go up," said Fort Wayne Police spokeswoman Officer Raquel Foster. "Your perpetrators, they're looking for quick access to cash."
At about 2:22 p.m., a man allegedly approached a cashier at Dollar General, 6414 E. State Blvd., with two cans of soda and acted as if he was going to make a purchase. Instead, he pulled out a handgun and demanded cash, Foster said Wednesday in a statement.
Earlier Tuesday, at about 10:30 a.m., police said a man robbed the Georgetown Chase Bank, 6704 E. State. Although both robberies occurred within walking distance of one another, descriptions of the suspects indicate that they were not committed by the same person.
Police described the suspect in the Dollar General robbery as a man in his early 20s, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8, weighing about 155 pounds. He had a pockmarked face, a "scraggly" mustache and possibly a discolored left eye described as very light blue – almost white – according to Foster.
The suspect in the Chase Bank robbery was last seen wearing a black baseball cap and dark hooded jacket.
And at about 11:47 a.m. the same day, a worker at the Burger Dairy store at 1450 St. Joseph Blvd. told police a man and woman had come into the store and ordered the clerk to open the cash register. The store worker told police that the woman had a gun, according to a police report.
Witnesses described the man as tall with a thin build and the woman as very small. Each was wearing a hooded shirt or jacket, according to the report.