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Last updated: Fri. Nov. 30, 2012 - 07:26 am EDT

Fort Wayne Police: 3 armed men rob credit union; shots fired

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Fort Wayne Police say three people robbed a northeast-side credit union at gunpoint Thursday, assaulting several employees and firing weapons inside the building before they fled with cash.

Police responded just before 8:15 a.m. to ProFed Credit Union, 6448 Stellhorn Road, after a drive-through customer arrived during the robbery and called 911, said police spokeswoman Officer Raquel Foster in a statement.

The three assailants ambushed an employee as she arrived for work and forced her inside the building at gunpoint, Foster said. The credit union opens at 8:30 a.m. Two other employees were inside the credit union, and police found all three battered and bound at the hands and ankles, Foster said in the statement.

None of the employees required medical attention. However, the robbers fired their weapons inside the credit union before fleeing, Foster said.

The drive-through customer who arrived during the robbery saw the robbers flee from the rear of the building and immediately called 911, Foster said. A police K-9 unit tracked them south from the rear of the credit union to a nearby residential area, but the trail ended there, Foster said.

Surveillance photos showed that all three suspects were dressed in black jackets or sweat shirts with hoods and masks. Two of them had black pants, while one was wearing lighter-colored pants.

The robbery is at least the fifth in a string of robberies, several armed, on the city's northeast side over the past two weeks. Police have pointed to the holiday season as a factor in the robberies.

Police asked anyone with information about Thursday's robbery to call police or Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP (436-7867).


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