Two teenagers who allegedly robbed a Madison Street liquor store and an adjoining package store Monday night, along with an adult accomplice, were arrested approximately two hours later at a nearby apartment, Shelbyville police said.
Sgt. Fred Harvey, who was first on the scene, said he saw the youths running from Economy Liquor and gave chase on foot through a field behind the store before losing them in nearby woods.
A short time later, officer David Dye spotted a car on Barksdale Lane matching the description of one used in a robbery in Columbia.
Dye followed the white Mercury Grand Marquis into the parking lot of Bedford Manor Apartments and asked the occupants their names as they got out, officer Jerry Lawrence's report said.
One ran behind the apartment complex and eluded Dye, police said. The other man was gone when Dye returned.
Left behind in the car were a black semi-automatic pistol and a revolver.
One of the suspects was recognized by officers, and was known to frequent one of the apartments in the complex, Lawrence said. Officers went to the apartment and found the three suspects along with a large amount of money.
"I will shoot you in the face!" one of the two suspects who allegedly entered P & M Market told the clerk as they pointed guns at her and turned off the lights about 8:20 p.m., officer Jerry Lawrence said in his report.
The suspects emptied the cash register, took a money bag and grabbed five cartons of cigarettes, dropping three as they fled, Lawrence said. They yelled at the clerk to give them her phone and grabbed the cordless landline phone after being told she had no cell phone, the report said.
Both youths went to Economy Liquors, which is just a few steps away, and ordered the clerk to hit the floor face down while demanding to know, "Where is the Ciroc?"
Ciroc is an expensive brand of vodka.
They took two bank bags filled with cash, a cordless landline phone, the clerk's iPhone and loaded a backpack to capacity with 14 "high-end" bottles of vodka.
"We believed that they could not run with all that alcohol on a backpack, so we searched the field," Lawrence said.
The bag was found by Lt. Mike Baker in a nearby field. Inside were the vodka, money and both phones taken from the liquor store.