It only took officials a few hours to capture two Vigo County residents, with ties to Brazil, alleged to be involved in an armed robbery at a restaurant located near Interstate 70 Wednesday evening.
Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Rob Gambill told The Brazil Times shortly before 10 p.m., Wednesday, a man with a handgun robbed a cashier at Burger King, 995 West State Road 42, and took an undisclosed amount of cash.
The unidentified employee was able to provide authorities with a detailed description of the suspect and the vehicle used to leave the scene, reportedly north on State Road 59.
While local officers were investigating the crime scene, approximately an hour later, a report came into the Indiana State Police Post at Putnamville about a vehicle matching the description broke down at the 55-mile marker of I-70.
As the investigation continued, officials found out two suspects believed to be involved in the robbery found their way to an Indianapolis hotel near the High School Road area.
Meanwhile, officers of the Brazil City Police Department investigated the license plate on the vehicle, which traced back to an unidentified local Brazil resident.
The Clay County Sheriff's Department was joined by members of the ISP, Vigo County and the Putnam County Sheriff's departments, Cloverdale Police Department and the Indianapolis Metro Police Department in performing a search warrant at the hotel.
Officers discovered clothing items matching the description of those used during the robbery, a gun, and an undisclosed amount of cash from the robbery.
Located at the hotel, Marquita Norris was taken into custody and transported back to the Clay County Justice Center to be booked on preliminary charges of public intoxication and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Believing the male suspect left the hotel area, officer searched and located William J. Miles near a housing complex close to High School Road. Miles was taken into custody and transported to the CCJC to be booked on a preliminary robbery charge.
Both Norris and Miles are awaiting arraignment for formal charging by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.
"It was amazing how quickly everything happened. The robbery happened at 10 p.m., and by 2:30 a.m., I was putting handcuffs of the suspects," Gambill said of the investigation. "This is a great example of how citizen involvement and inter agency cooperation quickly resolves cases."