Suspect arrested after losing game of 'hide and seek'

UPDATE 3:45 P.M.

Thomas' SnapChat shared by HPD

JASPER — Armed robbery suspect Collin Thomas has been taken into custody by the Jasper Police Department.

The Huntingburg Police Department said the arrest came after the "suspect’s game of hide and seek that he wanted to play." The department's post then said #Thepolicearehideandseekchampions.

They shared this photo from Thomas' SnapChat.

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ORIGINAL STORY

By BILL POWELL

bpowell@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Police Department is asking for the public’s help as officers search for a suspect in an armed robbery at a Huntingburg gas station who is described as “armed and dangerous.”

Police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery at the Fast Track Marathon, 1307 N. Main St., at 8:16 p.m. Monday.

A masked man wearing all black entered the store armed with a pump shotgun and demanded money from the register, according to police. The suspect attempted to break into the clerk’s office door but, police said, the clerk surrendered the cash drawer.

The suspect grabbed the cash and fled the scene before officers arrived.

Investigators who reviewed security cameras say they have identified the suspect and a vehicle.

Surveillance footage

Police say the suspect in the armed robbery is Collin R. Thomas, 20, of Jasper. Thomas was last seen wearing all black with a black Disney hoodie turned inside out.

He left the scene driving a black, four-door 2007 Suzuki Forenza with Indiana license plate 839RCD.

At this time, police say, Thomas should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Thomas’ whereabouts is asked to dial 911 or contact detective Sgt. Tyler Stivers with the Huntingburg police by dialing county dispatch at 812-482-4111.

In a media release, Huntingburg police encouraged Thomas to cooperate with his family and turn himself in peaceably.

Thomas was arrested June 5 by the Jasper Police Department for allegedly threatening to shoot another person at the Walmart Supercenter.

Police alleged after that incident that Thomas stole $100 from a subject and threatened to shoot the person. Thomas was agitated after being detained and became disorderly, yelling obscenities at officers, police said.

Authorities charged Thomas with misdemeanor counts of theft, intimidation and disorderly conduct.




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