FORT WAYNE – Investigators are looking for help in catching two men believed to have robbed two gas stations at gunpoint Friday morning on Fort Wayne’s north side.
About 4:45 a.m., police were sent to the BP gas station at 909 Coliseum Blvd. E. The clerk told officers he was cleaning when a man put a gun to his head and demanded money.
The robber threatened the clerk, hit him a few times and then, with help from an accomplice, left with the cash register and the clerk’s wallet, police said.
About two hours later, a holdup was reported at the Marathon gas station at 6520 Lima Road, about three miles from the first robbery.
The clerk told police a man pointed a handgun at his face and demanded money and that a second man yelled at him to open the cash drawer. The clerk complied, and the robbers fled north with cash, police said.
Investigators did not disclose how much money was taken in either robbery.
Police said their preliminary investigation suggests that the same two men, believed to be in their early 20s, committed the robberies. Police released surveillance footage and asked that anyone who can identify the men or knows their whereabouts call police at 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers 436-7867.
One robber was described as between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-9 and black. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The other robber was described as a slim, lighter-skinned black man who stood between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-9 and wore a white T-shirt and dark pants.
3 men arrested after pot seized
Narcotics officers found a small marijuana-growing operation and arrested three men Friday during a search of a house in northwest Fort Wayne, according to city police.
Brian McClure and Thomas McClure were arrested during the raid at 1529 W. Till Road, just east of Lima Road, police said.
Brian McClure, 42, faces preliminary felony charges of marijuana possession and maintaining a common nuisance. Thomas McClure, 39, was preliminarily charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and felony maintaining a common nuisance. They were each being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.
A third man was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. He was released on his own recognizance.
Officer injured in Hadley crash
A Fort Wayne police officer was taken a hospital in fair condition after a crash Thursday night on city’s west side.
According to police, the officer was dispatched at 9:16 p.m. to an address on Hadley Road regarding a burglary when a vehicle turning onto Hadley failed to stop, causing the officer to drive off the road to avoid crashing into the car.
The officer was driving south on Hadley Road from Illinois Road when the crash occurred, said Jason Anthony, a Fort Wayne Police Department spokesman.
The other vehicle was turning onto Hadley to head north at the time of the crash, Anthony said.
The officer was able to miss the vehicle but left the road and struck several trees before coming to a stop in an odd position in the 2200 block of South Hadley Road, Anthony said.
Several drivers in the area spotted the police car’s lights from the roadway and called 911, Anthony said.
The officer was taken to a hospital in serious condition but was later improved to fair condition.
Julie Crothers of The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.