Statement as issued Friday by the Fort Wayne Police Department:
Date/Time of Incident: February 1, 2013/4:46 AM
Location of Incident: 909 E. Coliseum Blvd. (BP Gas Station)
Victim: BP Gas Station
Loss: Cash Loss
Date/Time of Incident: February 1, 2013/6:48 AM
Location of Incident: 6520 Lima Rd. (Marathon Gas Station)
Victim: Marathon Gas Station
Loss: Cash Loss
Fort Wayne Police Department Detectives are presently investigating gas station Armed Robberies that occurred on February 1, 2013 at 4:46 AM and 6:48 AM respectively. At approximately 4:46 am Officers responded to the area of 900 Coliseum Blvd. (BP gas station) in regards to an unknown problem. Upon arrival Officers ascertained that an Armed Robbery occurred. The gas station clerk advised Officers that a black male approached him while he was cleaning and put a gun to his head. The suspect told the clerk that this is a robbery and demanded money. The clerk advised that there was another suspect taking the cash register. The clerk was threatened and then struck a few times by the suspect brandishing the gun. The suspects took the cash register and the clerk's wallet and fled in an unknown direction of travel.
Roughly two hours later another call for service (regarding) an armed robbery occurred at 6520 Lima Rd. (Marathon gas station). Officers made the scene and were advised by the clerk that a younger male suspect wearing a black hooded sweat shirt with the hood up and black pants pointed a handgun in his face and demanded money. The clerk advised that then second robber in his early twenties began yelling at him to open the cash drawer. The clerk then opened the drawer and handed it to the robber. The suspects then fled North with an unknown disclosed amount of money.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the robberies are linked and were perpetrated by the same two younger male suspects believed to be in their early twenties. Detectives have obtained in store video (footage) of the suspects and are asking anyone with knowledge of the suspects identities or whereabouts to call the Police (260) 427-1222 or Crimer Stoppers (260) 436-STOP (7867).
One suspect is (described) as being in his early twenties, black male, between 5'3 and 5'9, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt. The other suspect is described as being a lighter (skinned) male black, slim, with no facial hair wearing a white t-shirt and dark pants, in his early twenties between 5'8 and 5'9.
This Incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department and The Allen County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.