A payday loan business in Warsaw was robbed Friday afternoon.
At about 2:52 p.m. Friday, Kosciusko County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from an employee of Check Into Cash, 2596 Walton Blvd. #5, Warsaw, saying the store had just been robbed at gunpoint and the suspect had fled the area on foot, according to a news release provided by Warsaw Police Department.
The suspect was described as a man wearing a white coat, blue jeans and had his face covered with a black and yellow winter hat that had eye holes cut into it.
The suspect brandished a black handgun before fleeing the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Witnesses saw the man run northbound from the store and cross over the large dirt mounds located north-west from Check Into Cash.
Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.
Madison Elementary, north of where the crime took place, was notified at about 3:20 p.m. by police that an armed robbery occurred in the vicinity of the school, according to a news release from Warsaw Community Schools. As per safety protocols, a precautionary lockdown was initiated while police conducted their initial search of the area.
Once it was established there was no threat to students and the scene was clear, students were dismissed under the supervision of police.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the WPD Detective Division at 574-385-2211.