On Jan. 31 an armed robber hit Huck's Gas Station in Batesville about 3:10 a.m. and a little after 7:00 p.m. Youngman's Marathon in Napoleon, was also robbed at gunpoint.
Batesville's Police Chief Stan Holt said officers from his department responded to Hucks's Gas Station to find an employee and her husband inside the store, who said a man entered the store displaying a handgun and demanded money. The employee told police she handed over an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect left on foot.
The suspect from that robbery is described as being about 5'6" to 5'9" tall, wearing blue jeans, a green jacket with a hood, and a blue bandana covering his mouth.
According to Det. Sgt. Michael Benjamin with the Batesville Police Department, Huck's was closed for several hours while detectives and crime scene investigators collected evidence at the scene.
The crime is still under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Batesville Police Department at 812-934-3131.
With the roadways becoming quickly covered with snow that same evening, the call came in that Youngman's Marathon in Napoleon had also been robbed at gunpoint.
Police from the Ripley County Sheriff's Office responded cautiously, but as quickly as possible to the scene to find the armed robber had also fled on foot.
That suspect is described as being a male, about 5'6" about 130-140 pounds, wearing blue jeans, a dark colored work-type jacket with hood, and dark colored tennis shoes.
Police say they are unsure whether the suspect fled completely on foot, or if he was picked up by someone in a vehicle.
The Napoleon robbery is the fourth since Jan. 6 at that same location, Youngman's Marathon. The first three were robberies, where the suspect broke into the business. But, the last incident has people in Napoleon worried.
Even though Amy Meyer, general manager at Youngman's Marathon, wasn't on duty the night of the robbery, she said, "This last time was an armed robbery and it put me over the limit. This is bigger than Youngman's. This is bigger than the whole town of Napoleon. Everyone here should do something."
Meyer has created a petition for people to sign to possibly get a town marshal in the town of Napoleon. She says while there are several police officers who live in or around the area of Napoleon, they are not on duty when at home. Meyer noted that the town is 193 years old and has never had this type of criminal activity to her knowledge before. She says times have changed and she feels they need a town marshal now to watch out for the citizens who live in Napoleon.
The owner of Youngman's Marathon fell and broke his leg after the third robbery when he was trying to fix the smashed door. Meyer said, "The one thing I want to ask of people is for them to please pray."
Greg Boehner, owner of Boehner's Market said, "I'm a little bit concerned as I've been broken into before. I think the county should step up patrols a little bit and solve this crime spree." He went on to say, "People are talking around town about needing a town marshal. I personally don't think we need a town marshal, because of the cost associated with having one, but, if they could pay the sheriff's department a bit more to patrol this area better, it would probably make the people here feel more at ease."
"It's always been a pretty safe town," noted Tracy Volz, Napoleon Tavern. She said she thought the sheriff's department should patrol at Napoleon more since all of this is going on.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 812-689-5558.
Pictured left is Youngman's Marathon, located on US 421 in Napoleon, which has been robbed four times in less than thirty days.