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Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:49 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 7:15 PM
BUTLER TWP. — UPDATE @ 5:05 p.m. (April 25): Police have released surveillance video that shows the robbery at the Verizon store on Miller Lane.
INITIAL REPORT (April 17)
Police are looking for as many as five males who discharged at least one firearm when they robbed a person of a purse and a cell phone at the Verizon store on Miller Lane.
The robbery was reported just after 6 p.m. at the store at 7070 Miller Lane. At least one shot was fired inside the showroom.
No one was injured, Butler Twp. Detective Kevin Sink said.
The car believed to have been used in the armed robbery, reportedly a blue Hyundai Elantra, was located Tuesday evening in the 1500 block of Weaver Street in Dayton.
Jim, a contractor from Tennessee, said he and a co-worker were in a company van outside the store when a car pulled up.
Three males came runing out and jumped in the car, Jim said, noting that seconds later a fourth male -- who had a dark or black handgun -- came out. He was wearing a hoodie and a white mask, as they all were. He was holding the firearm down at his side, pointed downward.
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Jim said his co-worker was able to jot down the license plate of the getaway car. Jim said he was getting in position to snap a cell phone photo of the car when he saw the firearm and decided to crouch behind the van.
"I don't want to get shot," he said. "I'm too close to retirement."
The robbers looked to be young men in their 20s, Jim said, noting that they dropped a backpack and a blue Walmart bag outside the Verizon store.
"My life is worth more than a picture," he said. "I'm just glad nobody got hurt."