Crime duo may be responsible for up to five South Bend robberies

A string of South Bend, Ind. robberies may be linked to a “Bonnie and Clyde” style duo. A man and woman could be responsible for up to five robberies within the past two weeks, according to South Bend police.

“They were dressed similarly, about the same stature,” Captain Phil Trent said. “It didn't take very long to start linking them.”

Witness descriptions along with input from local officers have led police to pinpoint a specific suspect in the case.

“Investigators do have a certain individual that they are looking for right now,” Trent said. “So, that may be the big break in the case.”

And, that is good news to Ray Buzalski, who had his liquor store robbed by the duo on Wednesday.

“He came in when there were numerous customers inside the store -- that was scary,” Buzalski said. “I didn’t understand that at all. It was like he just didn’t care.”

At around 9:30 p.m., the male suspect walked into the Riverpark Liquor Barn wielding a gun. Buzalski’s wife was behind the register.

“It looked like a long-barreled revolver, now she is terrified,” he said.

Though no one was hurt during the robbery, Buzalski said it shows a disregard for human life.

“Just the fact that someone can come into your place of business and take your life in an instant just because they want a few bucks is insane,” Buzalski said.

Police said Riverpark Liquor seems to have been the first stop for the two suspects Wednesday. A Pizza Hut on Western Avenue was robbed soon after by suspects with a matching description.

“We believe they have been hitting places all over the city and perhaps even outside the city limits,” Trent said. “But, they are probably relatively new to the game.”

Buzalski said he hopes the two responsible for these robberies are brought to justice.

“They should be locked up for a long time,” he said. “That kind of behavior is awful.”


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