CVS robbery connected to others?

Some of the people linked to an armed robbery Tuesday morning at a Seymour pharmacy might have connections to other holdups recently reported in the region, police said.

Three of those people, including Cameron Tibbs, 18, and two juveniles, all of Indianapolis, were arrested at the end of a brief chase that followed the robbery of CVS Pharmacy at 201 E. Tipton St.

All three face robbery and resisting law enforcement charges. Tibbs faces a second count of resisting law enforcement.

Others, however, also might have been involved in that robbery and are still being sought, Police Chief Bill Abbott said.

The three also might be suspects in several other robberies of pharmacies in the region, including one shortly after 5 a.m. Monday at a CVS in Columbus.

Seymour’s incident began when dispatch received a 911 call about a robbery in progress at 4:14 a.m. Tuesday.

A clerk told dispatchers several black males entered the store at the same time. While no weapon was displayed, two of the males made motions as if they had a weapon, Abbott said.

They left then the store after obtaining medication, he said.

The description of the suspects and how the robbery was carried out is similar to other recent robberies of pharmacies in the region, Abbott said.

Surveillance video also helps link this robbery to some of the others, he said.

No one was injured in the Seymour robbery or the chase that began just minutes afterward, he said.

While officers were responding to the pharmacy, they spotted a 2003 Lincoln LS traveling north on Broadway Street without headlights, Abbott said.

Police attempted to stop the car, but the driver, later identified as Tibbs, continued north on Broadway Street before turning east on Sixth Street toward Shields Park, Abbott said.

At that point, the driver lost control of the car, which went into the park and hit a tree.

Police said at least three individuals fled the vehicle on foot into the surrounding neighborhood.

Two were caught at the scene, while the third was caught about 30 minutes later, Abbott said.

Tibbs and the two juveniles, ages 14 and 16, were taken into custody by Seymour officers.

Abbott said police discovered pieces of a firearm during the pursuit and are asking anyone living around Shields Park and in the area of Broadway or Sixth streets to check their yards and shrubbery for additional firearms or pieces of one but not to touch them, as they could still be loaded and dangerous.

Anyone finding a firearm or any other suspicious items can contact Seymour Police Department at 812-522-1234.

“We would like to have that firearm,” Abbott said.

Columbus detectives investigating the robbery Monday at the CVS at 2423 National Road said three men wearing hooded shirts entered the store, passed a note to the pharmacist and stole prescription medication. The three were described as black males, ages 20 to 30. No one was hurt in that incident, either.

Abbott praised the employees of CVS for their response to the robbery in Seymour, including calling 911.

“With everything that happened and the potential of a firearm, everything went as well as it could,” Abbott said.

Abbott said he did not know of any connection between Tuesday’s robbery of the CVS and one reported at a nearby Walgreens pharmacy in April.

Seymour officers Devin Cornwell, Devlin McMindes, Mike Payne, Ben Miller, Jim Handley and Ryan Cherry investigated Tuesday’s robbery. Officers with Crothersville and Brownstown police departments, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police assisted with the arrests and investigation.

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Aaron Piper is a photographer and reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at apiper@tribtown.com or 812-523-7057.