HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) - A man police called a "serial robber" is off the streets after Avon investigators said they caught him in the act, Tuesday.
Avon police said tips from the public helped them identify the suspect. They said several days of surveillance led them to a where they caught him in the act with a toy gun.
28-year-old Jake Priscal of Avon is not saying much to police. Priscal is being charged with a string of armed robberies in Avon and Brownsburg.
Police said the robberies started June 13 at a Marathon Gas Station on U.S. 36. Four days later, on June 17, officers were called to a tanning salon also in Avon after a worker was robbed at gun point. On June 18, police said the robber hit again. This time at Finer Things in Brownsburg. Patti Hendershot was working that day.
"I thought he was just one of the kids that had been looking for work in the summer. He had a hoodie on and sunglasses," Hendershot said.
It's that description police pulled from surveillance video and used to get the word and the robber's picture out. Investigators said tips helped them track down their suspect - Jake Priscal.
Avon Police said they had surveillance on Priscal for several days. They spotted him outside a Pet Supplies Plus store in Avon. They said he walked in and second later, ran right out.
And police were right there to catch him. Investigators said Priscal was uncooperative.
They recovered stolen cash and the toy gun on him. A toy gun, like one Hendershot told 24-Hour News 8 she'd seen before.
"I told him it was a toy gun; I turned back away from him to kind of protect everything and he grabbed my arm and said give me that," she said.
Melissa Blackshear just hopes Priscal learns a big lesson.
"I'm really relieved that he's been arrested and I'm glad that this one has been stopped. I just wish we could figure out a way to stop other people from doing this," she said.
Police said Priscal is facing charges in connection to four armed robberies.
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