A pair of would-be
armed robbers fled the Red Carpet Smoke Shop on Tuesday after the clerk
refused to open the cash register, Chesterton Police said.
police, at 9:27 p.m. the clerk was sitting at the computer, “conducting
end-of-the-day business,” when two masked subjects entered the smoke shop,
located at 1457 Broadway. One of the two, displaying a “black handgun,”
approached the clerk and asked him “for the money out of the register.” The
other suspect remained at the shop’s entrance, “propping the door open.”
The clerk, however,
told the subject with the gun “No!” and then “just stood in place, out of
shock,” and watched the subject “smack” the cash register’s keyboard in an
attempt to force it open.
man with the handgun and his accomplice then fled the scene, traveling
apparently on foot south through the alley, police said.
A K-9 was unable to
establish a track of the suspects.
The man with the
handgun was wearing a gray hoody, dark blue jeans, white and black gym
shoes, and a blue and white bandana covering his face.
The suspect at the
door was wearing blue jeans and dark colored gym shoes with three white
vertical stripes on the outside of the shoes.