Elkhart police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who may have robbed a 75-year-old employee of Walmart.
Police said the robbery occurred Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. at the C.R. 6 Walmart store. Police have circulated a picture of the male suspect taken from a security video that shows the suspect using the victim’s credit card about 30 minutes later at a local business.
If anyone knows who the person in the photograph is, they should contact Detective Robert Presswood at (574) 389-4738 or the department’s tip line at 389-4777.
Several people were injured in recent motor vehicle-related crashes, according to local police:
• A one-vehicle crash injured a mo-ped operator east of Elkhart around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Elkhart County police said Douglas Slabaugh, 47, Goshen, was riding a mo-ped on C.R. 45, northwest of Florence Avenue. The mo-ped slid on an ice-covered portion of the road on a very uneven surface and went out of control. The mo-ped overturned and Slabaugh was ejected over the handlebars.
Slabaugh suffered lacerations to his head and wrist and knee pain as a result of the mishap. He was transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment.
• A two-vehicle crash injured a driver around noon Tuesday in Goshen.
The mishap took place at the intersection of Ind. 119 and Indiana Avenue. According to a Goshen police report, a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS driven by Carol Kahler, 51, Goshen, and a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Amber Frick, 28, Elkhart, collided. Both vehicles went off the road as a result of the crash.
Kahler suffered a chest bruise as a result of the collision and was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for treatment.
• Two people were hurt in a two-vehicle crash Monday on Elkhart Road (U.S. 33) near Taylor Street in Goshen.
The mishap occurred around 6:30 p.m. Goshen police said Jeremy D. Stambaugh, 41, South Bend, was driving a semi and exiting the private drive at 1912 Elkhart Road. The vehicle was hauling a trailer. According to police, a 2012 Cadillac driven by Michael R. Rife, 21, New Paris, collided with the trailer.
Rife suffered head pain as a result of the crash. A passenger in the Cadillac, Michael R. Leech, 22, Goshen, suffered neck pain.
• A two-vehicle crash injured a driver Monday in Goshen.
The mishap occurred around 2:49 p.m. at Ind. 15 and Garfield Street. Goshen police said a 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette driven by Dalia Resendiz, 33, Goshen, and a 2006 Pontiac G6 GT driven by Gloria Martinez, 38, Goshen, collided.
Martinez suffered pain to her neck and right hand as a result of the crash.
• A vehicle struck a pedestrian Monday in the parking lot at Walmart, 4024 Elkhart Road, Goshen.
The collision occurred around 5 p.m. Goshen police said Jessica L. Richardson, 22, Bristol was driving a 2003 Volkswagen Passat in the lot and the vehicle struck Brenda J. Ellis.
Ellis suffered back pain as a result of the collision. Richardson told police the sun was in her eyes when the crash occurred, and her vehicle’s windshield was dirty.
Fire destroys shop building
Fire destroyed a shop building in the area of LaGrange County Roads 8300 West and 300 South near Topeka Wednesday.
The blaze at Schrock harness shop owned by Sam Schrock was called in around 3:30 p.m. Topeka Fire Chief Stewart Bender said the fire started from a propane heater that was hung from the ceiling. The ceiling ignited, and the fire moved into the attic area.
“It went unnoticed for quite a while,” Stewart said of the fire.
The blaze was contained to the harness shop area. Due to the structural damaged, the building was considered a total loss. A second building connected to the shop sustained minor water and smoke damage.
Shipshewana firefighters also battled the shop blaze.