Seymour man faces armed robbery charge

Police made an arrest Friday in a late night robbery of a Seymour convenience store.

Keith Crews, 32, of Seymour, faces a preliminary charge of armed robbery.

No one was injured in the incident reported at 11:55 p.m. Thursday at Casey’s General Store at Fourth and O’Brien streets.

Seymour officers responding to the report were told a man entered the store displaying a bladed weapon and ordered the clerk to turn over all available money.

The man was described by witnesses as white, slender built and wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt and jeans. He was seen leaving the area north on foot.

Witness statements and surveillance footage led to officers being able to identify the man, said Assistant Police Chief Craig Hayes.

“One of the employees at Casey’s said she recognized him from being in there before,” Hayes said. “Once she went through video footage from when she had worked, she was able to identify him, but she didn’t know his name.”

Officers were able to identify the man as Crews and located where he was staying, Hayes said.

At 9 a.m., police executed a search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of Emerson Drive, where they located and arrested Crews without incident.

Hayes said evidence collected at the home linked Crews to the robbery, and he has cooperated with the investigation.

It’s not known if Crews was involved with a robbery outside Casey’s last month when a man was held up at knifepoint while putting air in his tires.

Hayes said that case is still open and under investigation.

Officers responding to the scene Thursday included Sgt. Brandon White, Cpl. Adam Surface and officers Jacob Florine, Derrick Shelley, Mathew Carver and Jeremy Soliday.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.