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  • Courtesy Indiana State Police Indiana State Police are looking for two men they say robbed Beacon Credit Union in Garrett about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. This surveillance photo shows one of the robbers.

  • Courtesy: Indiana State Police State police are looking for two men they say robbed the Beacon Credit Union in Garret around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. This surveillance photo shows one of the robbers

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:00 am

Police/Fire

Robbers sought after Garrett armed holdup

Journal Gazette

Indiana State Police are looking for two men they say robbed the Beacon Credit Union in Garrett about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The robbers entered the credit union in the 1100 block of South Randolph Street wearing masks. The men flashed a gun and demanded money, police said.

They drove off with an undisclosed amount of cash in what police believe was a black or dark-colored Ford Focus with a rear spoiler and no license plate.

No employees or customers were hurt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the state police at 260-432-8661 or 800-552-0976. Information can be shared anonymously.

Woman charged in store break-ins

One of the men allegedly involved in three cellphone store burglaries in late August told police a female accomplice threatened them with retaliation by her brothers if they snitched on her, court records said.

According to court documents, Htwe Htwe, 19, of the 1400 block of Eagle Street, drove Alonta Walker, 20, and Shaquile Booker, 23, to Boost Mobile on Goshen Avenue; Metro PCS on Wells Street; and Sprint Mobile on Coldwater Road.

The men broke into the stores while Htwe waited in her car, court documents said. The three robberies totaled nearly $6,000 in stolen cellphones, accessories and wireless speakers.

Htwe was seen in surveillance video from one store and at an EcoAtm electronics vending machine, turning in cellphones for cash, and she was tracked to another such machine using a control number, court records said.

Htwe was charged Tuesday with three counts of burglary and theft and released on her own recognizance. Walker and Book are both charged with burglary.

Area man killed in Ireland crash

A Columbia City man visiting Ireland was reportedly killed in a vehicle collision there Monday morning that also killed another passenger and injured his wife.

James Baker, 62, was killed when the car he was in collided with a grain truck in Cork about 11 a.m., Ireland time, according to the Irish Sun.

Baker's wife, Deborah, was in serious condition, the report said, and a friend, Peggy Sue Adams, from Ohio, was also killed. The driver's identity and condition was unclear. The paper reported that all four were U.S. tourists on their way to visit the Blarney Stone.

Downtown fire drains LaGrange

A downtown LaGrange business building collapsed as a fire burned for several hours, causing firefighters to drain much of the community's water supply.

The fire broke out Tuesday morning in downtown LaGrange, and fire crews from several surrounding communities joined in trying to get it extinguished.

The roof and front facade of a building housing a Family Dollar store collapsed. The fire also spread to a sporting goods retailer in the row of older buildings across the street from the LaGrange County Courthouse.

No injuries were immediately reported.

Local officials issued a boil water advisory for residents as the town faced low water levels while crews battled the fire.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.