LIMA — Two armed men wearing masks and dressed in black from head to toe made off with an undetermined amount of cash from the Lima Adultmart store late Sunday evening. The men escaped in a van that was later found to have been stolen earlier that day from the Rally Point Youth Center in Lima.
Lima police believe that case may be related to a second robbery, at the Valero gas station, 325 N. Cole St., Lima.
According to Det. Mark Baker of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, shortly before midnight on Sunday two black males brandishing handguns entered the adult video store at 1406 Elida Road in Lima. They reportedly demanded that the lone employee in the store empty the cash register before fleeing with the cash. The female employee was not injured, Baker said.
The men fled in a red van that was found to have been stolen from the youth center at 1698 N. Main St., Lima, earlier Sunday. As the robbers fled from the scene of the armed robbery, an officer with the Lima Police Department allegedly recognized the van as having been reported as stolen. As the LPD officer attempted to turn his cruiser around and initiate a traffic stop, the van pulled over near the intersection of Cole and Hazel streets, and three occupants of the vehicle fled on foot.
The van was taken to the sheriff’s office, and Baker said investigators “have found some evidence we’re processing.” He said investigators are also reviewing security video footage taken inside the Adultmart store.
The three men — two who went inside the store wielding guns and another believed to have been the getaway driver — are still being sought by authorities.
The armed robbery at the adult video store was the second in 24 hours in that area of Lima. The Valero gas station at 325 N. Cole St. was the scene of a similar incident in the early-morning hours on Sunday. The men involved in that robbery also fled in a van stolen from the Rally Point Youth Center.
According to Sgt. Jason Garlock of the Lima Police Department, two suspects entered the Valero business at approximately 12:15 a.m. Sunday. One of the men brandished a firearm and both had their faces disguised, he said. The men took an unknown amount of cash from the register and fled in the stolen van which was later recovered abandoned in an alley off the 500 block of North Jameson Avenue.
Both incidents remain under investigation.
Reach J Swygart at 567-242-0464.