Police: Employees foil robbery at Indianapolis CVS location

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 18, 2015) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police say employees foiled robbery at a CVS store Monday morning.

It happened around 7:15 a.m. at the CVS location at 16th Street and Meridian, according to an officer on the scene. Employees called about a robbery happening at the store.

Employees told police the suspect had demanded cash and jumped behind the counter.  Two employees in the back of the store ran to help the employee at the counter.  All three employees began fighting with the suspect, eventually wrestling him to the ground.

“Officers arrived to find several store clerks holding down the suspect,” said IMPD Sgt. Steve Staletovich.

Money was strewn all over the floor, police said. The man was not armed.  Police were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and leg shackles in order to take him into custody.

“Despite his great attempts to entice the officers and the store employees into further violence, as he sat there handcuffed sitting amongst his would-be ill-gotten gains,” Staletovich said.  “Everyone maintained their cool and sent him off to where he belongs and hopefully he won’t be trying to rob again anytime soon.”

Two employees sustained minor cuts and scrapes during the fight.  The suspect had a fat lip as officers walked him outside to a squad car.  Police say the man gave officers fake names to avoid being identified for arrest and booking.

The incident comes as CVS stores continued to be targeted for robbery in the Indianapolis area.  CVS employees have told CBS4 they often don’t feel safe in the workplace.

IMPD confirms there was no security officer on duty at the CVS store at the time of the incident.

Staletovich says officers want to remind everyone — if you’re ever threatened, the best approach is to hand over the cash or whatever the person demands, get a good description and then call police.

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