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Heist spree includes kids’ laptop

Dollar General, gas station also hit this week

– Fort Wayne police have been busy this week responding to a number of armed robberies – from a pizza delivery driver to the robbery of a Dollar General store, both on Tuesday.

But just before 7 p.m. Monday, a 13-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy were robbed of their laptop computer as they left the Pontiac branch of the Allen County Public Library on Hanna Street.

According to a police report, the children said that two men – one described as black, under 30, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white sleeves, baggy dark jeans and over 6 feet tall – carrying what appeared to be a handgun, approached them from behind as they left the branch.

They told police one of the men pointed the gun at them with his right hand and took the computer with his left hand.

Also on Monday, the Lassus Handy Dandy gas station at 8830 Coldwater Road was robbed. The clerk said she was approached from behind by a man who said he wanted access to the safe.

She said she had access only to the cash drawer, so he took money from the drawer and left. He told her he knew what she drove and when she came to work and not to “try anything funny,” according to the police report.

The clerk waited about 45 minutes before she reported the robbery to a police officer who had gone inside the gas station and was paying for his items, according to the police report.

The man is described as being in his later 20s, black, about 5 foot 11, thin, wearing a black jacket and a red and black Chicago Bulls hat. He had something covering his mouth and was carrying a silver and black handgun, according to the report.

In the earlier Dollar General holdup, Alexander White, 21, was arrested on an armed robbery charge not long afterward, having been tracked to a vacant house by a Fort Wayne police dog.

However, the robbers who attacked a driver for Pizza by Vito’s on Tuesday, hitting him in the face and shooting into his vehicle after taking the money and the food from him, have not been caught.