There's a helpful crime fighting tool that's a solid partner for police: surveillance photos and video. In our latest Crime Watch, Cindy Kilgore showed us some recent cases that caught the crime in action and on camera. Check out the slideshow for surveillance photos or click on the video to watch the surveillance video and hear from Lt. Kilgore about the crimes.
On January 1, around 10 p.m., police were called to a Speedway gas station at 1449 Mishawaka Ave. for a violent robbery.
A 19-year-old clerk was closing and his 84-year-old grandfather was waiting to take him home when two men walked in. One of the suspects pushed the grandfather down and the other rushed behind the counter and punched the clerk. As the man tried to crawl away, the suspect punched him.
On Sept. 6, 2013 just before 9 p.m. police were called to an armed robbery at Family Dollar at 1633 S. Michigan St. in South Bend. The suspect approached the cashier, loaded a magazine in an automatic weapon, and pointed it at her, demanding money. The suspect is described as a black male, around 45 years old, and 6'1".
On May 22, 2013 just after 1 a.m. police were called to a burglary at a Murphy USA gas station at 3665 N. Portage Ave. in South Bend. A white male suspect attempted to kick down the glass front door. He then grabbed something to throw through the window and crawled through, setting off the alarm. The man quickly jumped behind the counter and grabbed cigarettes as well as lottery tickets.
If you have any information you can call Crime Stoppers at (574) 288-STOP or (800) 342-STOP. You may be eligible for a reward if your information leads to an arrest.