MISHAWAKA – Police tell us a juvenile has been arrested in connection to two 7-Eleven robberies in South Bend -- and possibly others.
The arrest happened Saturday. A name was not released because of the suspect's age.
The teen has been charged with robbery, aiming and pointing a firearm and possession of a handgun without a permit. He has been booked into jail.
Two 7-Eleven stores were robbed at gunpoint within less than an hour early Wednesday morning.
The first robbery took place about 1:45 a.m. at the 7-Eleven at 501 E. LaSalle Ave., a clerk told police. Two men in dark clothing entered the store, one carrying a handgun. One demanded, "Give me everything you have," while the other held the handgun, city police Capt. Phil Trent said.
The gun unexpectedly fired, shattering a glass countertop, at which point both suspects left the store on foot.
“I think he was messing around and the gun went off halfway through the robbery,” said Cpt. Phil Trent with South Bend police. “…The clerk was being perfectly compliant.”
The two left with the contents of one cash register.
The second robbery took place at 2:19 a.m. at 4106 Lincoln Way W. One suspect entered the store, carrying a handgun.
The clerk gave the suspect all of the money from the two registers. After getting the money, the suspect took off on foot through the front door, where, the clerk said, the suspect fled in a car.
And two men robbed a Mishawaka 7-Eleven at gunpoint early Friday morning. Police were investigating a possible connection with the two 7-Eleven holdups in South Bend a couple of days earlier.
Mishawaka police were called to the 7-Eleven at 910 W. Douglas Rd. at 12:12 a.m. Friday.
Officers say two men walked into the convenience store, armed with handguns. The clerk handed the robbers money before the suspects fled from the scene.
The clerk was not hurt.
Police aren’t saying how much money was stolen.
Anyone with information and knows the suspects in the case is asked to call the Mishawaka Detective Bureau at (574) 258-1684 or Crime Stoppers at (574) 288-STOP.