Arrests made in Seymour pharmacy robbery, possible others

Three suspects involved in the Tuesday morning robbery of a Seymour pharmacy are behind bars.

Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott says that his officers received a call at 4:14 a.m. that the CVS Pharmacy, at 201 East Tipton Street, had been robbed. He says that, as officers were responding, they noticed a vehicle headed north on Broadway Street, about a half-block away from the pharmacy, with its headlights off. As police tried to pull the vehicle over, it accelerated, resulting in a chase. Abbott says that the pursuit went about six-blocks, before the suspects’ vehicle crashed. From there, he says that the three people inside the vehicle scurried out and fled on foot. Officers caught two of the suspects, ages 14 and 16, quickly, while the third suspect, Cameron Tibbs, 18, of Indianapolis, was arrested about 40 minutes later.

Chief Abbott says that witnesses at the pharmacy reported that four suspects entered at the time of the robbery. He says that the fourth suspect was not in the crashed vehicle. Abbott adds that the vehicle used in the robbery was a recent purchase and that the suspects are familiar with its owner, who may be involved in the robbery. That person’s name has not been released.

Chief Abbott says that, while no weapons were displayed during the robbery, the suspects made motions that suggested that they were carrying them. While officers were checking the suspects’ crashed vehicle, they reported finding a magazine for a handgun. Abbott says that the magazine’s discovery and absence of a weapon indicates that the suspects may have thrown at least one gun from the vehicle during the pursuit. If so, he says that the weapon is likely somewhere along Broadway Street in the area of Shields Park. While officers are searching the area, Abbott urges you to be aware and to talk to your children about gun safety. Should you come across a gun, you should call 911 immediately. Do your best to not touch it.

Since these arrests, Abbott says that his department has been fielding calls from other police agencies across the state who have open investigations into other, similar, cases. While he wouldn’t comment on all of them, Chief Abbott says that he has seen security camera images of some of those robberies and noted that these suspects share many traits with those cases. Abbott added that their investigation is ongoing and that officers are working with police in Columbus, where a robbery took place Monday morning, as well as the other communities, where similar crimes have occurred.

If you have any information about a robbery, police urge you to contact the law-enforcement agency responsible for that area.