GREENSBURG — 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.