GREENSBURG — A collaborative effort by multiple Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies Friday night resulted in the arrest of a man whom authorities believe robbed a New Point convenience store last month.
According to Charging Information filed in the Decatur Circuit Court Monday, Carl “C.J.” Louis Moore Jr., 21, of South County Road 820 East in New Point, faces charges of robbery and attempted robbery stemming from two separate incidents said to have occurred recently at the New Point Food Mart. Both charges are class “C” felonies.
Moore was located and taken into custody Friday night following a call from a clerk at the New Point Food Mart to the Sheriff’s Department and Greensburg Police Department claiming an armed robbery had just taken place at the store. The call was received by dispatchers at approximately 10:01 p.m.
The caller, identified in police reports as Chinton Patel, a clerk at the store, told police a male subject wearing a mask, a hooded sweatshirt, baggy pants and gloves had entered the store and demanded Patel place money into a blue bag held by the suspect. The suspect is alleged to have made a motion with his hands within the jacket that led the clerk to believe the suspect was carrying a weapon.
Surveillance videos reportedly show the clerk running from the counter while the suspect moves toward the cash register and attempts to open it. Unsuccessful in opening the register or obtaining any money, the suspect fled the store on a bicycle.
Investigators with the sheriff’s department responded to a similar incident at the same location March 12. At that time, an individual dressed similarly to the one shown in the April 5 video entered the store and handed Chinton Patel a note that read, “Give me the money.” Patel told investigators he believed the suspect was carrying a knife. The suspect in that incident took what was initially reported to be $1,764 but later found to be $2,140 in cash from the store, which he had placed into a blue bag before escaping on foot.
Police deployed a K9 unit to help search for the suspect but were unable to locate anyone or establish a trail.
On Friday night, Patel told police he believed he recognized the suspect’s voice from the earlier robbery.
Following Friday’s attempted robbery, deputies began a search of the area for the suspect after reviewing surveillance video footage.
Lt. Eric Blodgett located a bicycle similar to the one alleged to have been used in the robbery in the backyard of a residence located at 8316 East County Road 200 South in New Point, approximately half a mile from the gas station. When Lt. Blodgett located the bicycle, he was alerted by a female witness that she had seen a man she knew to be C.J. Moore place a dark jacket into a blue bag in an alley behind the residence. She stated Moore had acted in a suspicious manner and had ran southwest from the area.
New Point Town Marshal Andy Hadler informed Lt. Blodgett of a possible whereabouts of Moore, who was located and detained by officers at 8209 East County Road 210 South.
Moore was taken to the Decatur County Jail and interviewed by Sheriff’s deputies.
The suspect initially denied involvement in either incident, but later is alleged to have confessed to the crimes after police presented a preponderance of evidence linking Moore to the initial robbery as well as Friday’s incident.
After Moore admitted his actions to police, he explained that no weapon was used in either incident. He also said he did not count the money obtained in the March 12 robbery, initially saying he gave some of it to a girlfriend. Later, he told police he had spent some of the cash and hidden the rest, but the suspect did not disclose a location.
Moore was placed under arrest and incarcerated in the Decatur County Jail without bond Friday evening.
Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen told the Daily News Monday that it took only 45 minutes from the time of the initial call until Moore was in the custody of law enforcement.
“I want to commend those deputies for their quick response and diligence,” Sheriff Allen said. “They really wanted to get this case solved, and I commend them for working together the way they did. We also appreciate the general public for coming forward and cooperating with the investigation.”
Involved in the investigation of the case were Lt. Eric Blodgett, Deputies Steve Snyder, Dave Henderson and Derek Fasnaught, Lt. Rick Underhill, New Point Town Marshal Andy Hadler, and Reserve Deputy Josh Tressler.