PORTAGE | Portage police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Family Express Gas Station, 5901 U.S. 6 at 4:20 a.m. Friday morning.
The suspect entered the store with a thin, rifle-type weapon, took the cash register tray with the money in it and fled on foot to the west of the business.
Nearby security cameras captured the suspect running from the store westbound behind the Portage Car Wash, where it is believed he entered a waiting vehicle.
The suspect is described as a white male, late teens to early 20s, approximately 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a thin build with brown eyes.
He was wearing black gym shoes with a white design on them, black jeans and a black hoodie with PJM Softball (Portage Junior Miss) on the front. He had some type of beanie-type cap over his head pulled down to the top of his eyes with the hood over his head and a red bandana covering his face just under his eyes.
He was described as having a clean complexion with a young look.
Approximately five minutes prior to the robbery, a mid 1990s red Ford Mustang, possibly a convertible, entered the lot from the west and immediately made a U-turn, exiting the lot then back west on U.S. 6. It is unknown if this vehicle is involved, however its actions seemed suspicious, according to Portage police.
Anyone with information about this robbery should contact the Portage Police Department's Detective Mike Vaughan at (219) 764-5705 or the We Tip hotline at 1 (800) 78-CRIME. The normal business line for the department is (219) 762-3122.