Huntingburg armed robbery suspect captured in JasperJuly 3, 2019
By BILL POWELL
JASPER — The suspect in a Monday night armed robbery at a Huntingburg gas station was located and taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Jasper.
Officers with the Jasper Police Department located the suspect vehicle in the crime — a 2007 Suzuki Forenza — near the Sure Stay Plus, a hotel at 951 Wernsing Road, at 3:03 p.m., according to an update from the Huntingburg Police Department.
The Jasper officers performed a traffic stop and took the suspect, Collin R. Thomas, 20, Spurgeon, into custody. He was taken to the Jasper Police Station for questioning and then booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 4:50 p.m. on a Dubois Circuit Court warrant charging him with a Level 3 felony count of robbery, Level 6 felony counts of pointing a firearm and theft and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.
In Indiana, upon conviction for a Level 3 felony, offenders can be sentenced to anywhere from three to 16 years in prison, with the advisory sentence being nine years.
Authorities said the criminal mischief charge in the robbery stems from Thomas’ alleged attempt to break into the clerk’s office door at the Fast Track Marathon, 1307 N. Main St., Huntingburg.
Huntingburg police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery at the Fast Track at 8:16 p.m. Monday.
Authorities allege Thomas, wearing a mask and all black clothing that included a Disney hoodie turned inside out, entered the store armed with a pump shotgun and demanded money from the register. Thomas allegedly attempted to break into the clerk’s office door but, police said, the clerk surrendered the cash drawer.
Thomas allegedly grabbed the cash and fled the scene before officers arrived.
Investigators who reviewed security cameras identified Thomas and the vehicle he was driving.
During the hunt for Thomas, police told the public he should be considered armed and dangerous and they encouraged him to cooperate with his family and turn himself in peaceably.
While on the run, Thomas posted a video on social media where he appeared to be smoking marijuana while driving. He said he was playing hide and seek.
“Come find me,” Thomas said in the video. “Come find me!”
Huntingburg police posted about Thomas’ capture on social media, including the hashtag “#Thepolicearehideandseekchampions.”
Thomas had been 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 in connection with last month’s incident.
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