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City Police investigating 'odd' robbery

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Brazil City Police Department is currently investigating a strange robbery report that took place at a local home Saturday evening.

Brazil Police Chief Dave Archer told The Brazil Times it was one of the oddest he's heard reported in a while.

According to information provided by the department, the unidentified victim reported to authorities that an unknown female came to the door of their residence around 8:30 p.m., Saturday.

The female told the victim a man had abducted her at gunpoint, drove her to the residence for the purpose of demanding money and they both would be killed if the victim didn't give her money.

The victim said the alleged gunman, who was described as wearing a hooded sweatshirt or jacket, was standing beside a dark colored car and they never saw a weapon.

The female was given what cash the victim had on hand, approximately $100. She reportedly took the money to the alleged gunman at the vehicle and they both got inside and sped away.

"If anyone comes to the door of your home, and you don't know them, don't open the door for any reason," Archer said. "Talk through the door if you have to, but never open the door."

And if the person acts strange, has odd demands or you feel uncomfortable in the situation, Archer said to call the police department.

Det. Clint McQueen and K-9 Handler/Patrolman Kenny Hill are heading up the active investigation.

Archer said further details are being withheld to protect the integrity of the case.

However, if anyone has information about this case, or any other, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.

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I would have thought that after the recent home invasion that people would be wary of opening their door for strangers.

I remember growing up here never having to worry what might happen if you helped someone in need, even a stranger. So much has changed, it's a shame that we have to worry about this here in small town Indiana. It was probably a couple drug users seeking money for their next fix. Thankfully no one was hurt.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Tue, Feb 10, 2009, at 7:07 AM

Should have said to her, I'll call 911 and get you some help and when she ran for the car you'd still be a 100 dollars richer.

-- Posted by Centered on Tue, Feb 10, 2009, at 10:19 AM

It's so easy to blame the victim for being gullible on this site but in a situation such as this the adrenaline was probably really pumping & the victim probably really felt this was a dangerous situation ~ perhaps they just wanted to assist someone they felt was in true danger ~ yes, the recent home invasion should have made the victim aware but none of us were in his/her shoes at the time ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Tue, Feb 10, 2009, at 10:33 AM

karebabe, you are right on the money as well as localguy1972.

To the perps. That lady gave that resident a dangerous decision to make for you. You, the perp, indicated that there was immediate danger to the resident's life. That resident may have been correct in using deadly force against the male in the car to protect the lady at the door and herself, maybe, and risky. A lot of other things could happen. Bottom line folks is to look out your window to see who it is first. Old habits are tough to break. I have no idea who the victim is but I do know that people try to target the elderly. So if you have an elderly friend or nieghbor that does not have a way to view who is at the door before opening it, please install a peep hole for them. We have free gun locks and smoke detectors, why not free peep holes? Just a thought, and cheap.

-- Posted by michael.galloway1 on Tue, Feb 10, 2009, at 7:12 PM

I'm not sure which was crazier, the ones doing the robbery or the one giving the money.

-- Posted by jinx on Tue, Feb 10, 2009, at 7:34 PM

I guess answer the door with a loaded gun!!!Sad to believe that there are total idioits out there. How the heck do the think of all these tactics???

-- Posted by ape1 on Tue, Feb 10, 2009, at 8:39 PM

Have some of you lost your minds?!!! To call the woman a sucker is absurd. As the wife of a police officer, the victim did the right thing. She had been told her family would be killed if she didn't comply, would you want to risk your life or the life of your family for $100.00? Yes I can remember when I lived in Brazil and we never had to lock the doors, car keys were left in the cars all the time.But sadly times have changed but that doesn't make the victim "a sucker" or "gullible".

-- Posted by Former Brazilian on Tue, Feb 17, 2009, at 2:36 PM

I just think that it's horrible how lowlifes would use such a story to victimize someone, when there really might be someone in trouble like that someday needing help and it could get overlooked if scams like this kept happening.....

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Tue, Feb 17, 2009, at 2:41 PM

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