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The Fairfield Inn had an unwanted guest Sunday, and he made off with more than just complimentary soap and bath towels.

The Greensburg Police Department is actively searching for a suspect who committed an armed robbery at the hotel. According to Police Chief Bill Meyerrose, at 10:53 p.m. Sunday, the GPD received a call about a robbery. A man, armed with a small handgun, made off with an undisclosed amount of money after giving the female clerk a fright.

“The clerk working was not at the front desk when he came in,” Meyerrose said. “When she came back up front, he was standing with his back to her. She asked if she could help him, and he turned around, raised his shirt to reveal the gun in his waistband and demanded the money,” Meyerrose said.

Wielding the weapon, he forced the woman into the back office where she complied with his request and forked over the contents of the till. He then made his escape with the cash.

Local officers immediately notified the state of their search.

“We put out a state dispatch and got a quick response from Shelbyville. They had a similar robbery occur at a hotel 20 minutes prior to this one,” Meyerrose said.

The Chief said the two could be related and the two agencies will be sharing information during the investigation. Shelbyville is approximately 20 minutes northwest of Greensburg on I-74.

“We’re going to assume they’re connected, and we’re going to work them that way until we find out otherwise,” Meyerrose said.

The GPD is looking for a white or possibly Hispanic male in his 20s. He is approximately 5-foot-10-inches and 170 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and faded blue jeans during the robbery. His face was covered with a black bandana.

In an unrelated crime, Calderon Brothers Vending Machine Company is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who have been pillaging its warehouse. Meyerrose said the company has been hit by thieves five times within the last two months. A number of items have been stolen, he said, including an entire skid of soda, the latest theft.

He noted they have followed a number of leads on the case but all have been dead ends.

Anyone who has information on either crime should contact the GPD at (812) 663-3131.

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