Montgomery Casey’s store hit by armed robber

By Wade Young

Montgomery Messenger

Casey’s General Store in Montgomery was robbed at gunpoint early Sunday evening on January 16.

According to Montgomery Police Chief John Schmidt, a white male entered Casey’s General Store around 6:40 p.m., approached the cash register, showed his gun to Casey’s clerk Jennifer Damp and demanded the money.

According to Chief Schmidt, Damp gave the money to the man who then fled the building north on foot. The money was only taken from the store’s cash register, and the amount was unknown.

Schmidt said the suspect could have been working with someone because a witness reported a newer red vehicle was parked behind the convenience store.

The suspect is described as a white male between 18 and 25-years-old, who is six feet tall with a medium build. According to Chief Schmidt, he was described as wearing a dark blue plaid shirt, a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Damp was not the only Casey’s employee working. Jessica Bartyzal was also working in the kitchen at the time of the robbery. However, because of her location in the store, she was unaware of what was happening, according to Schmidt.

The Montgomery Casey’s General Store uses surveillance cameras that recorded the robbery. The tapes were reviewed by the Montgomery Police Department, but because the suspect wore a neck warmer that covered his face, he was unrecognizable.

“He was pretty well covered up,” said Chief Schmidt.

Assisting the Montgomery Police Department were the New Prague Police Department and the Le Sueur and Scott County Sheriffs Departments.

As of presstime, the suspect has not been caught, and authorities continue to follow all leads brought to their attention.

“We’re following up on any leads we’ve received,” said Chief Schmidt.

Anyone with information about the robbery or suspect should call the Montgomery Police Department at 507-364-7700 or Dave Tietz at the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Department at 507-357-4440.

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