Police Investigate Armed Robbery at Koontz Lake Gas Station

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an armed robbery at the Marathon Gas Station at Koontz Lake.

Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin says around 7:30 p.m. CT on Monday, Dec. 3 an off-duty officer responded to the scene after hearing radio traffic of the incident occurring. The officer was able to get to the gas station within two minutes with an officer from the Walkerton Police Department.

The scene was secured and additional officers from Starke County, Knox, Hamlet, Walkerton, Marshall County and DNR established a perimeter in the area and used four K9 officers to aid in the search.

Police were looking for several armed subjects who reportedly entered the gas station wearing masks and bullet proof vests. Police say numerous shots were fired, but no injuries were reported. Investigators believe the suspects left the store into a wooded area. They reportedly left behind some cash and latex gloves at the scene.

The Indiana State Police Crime Scene Technicians were brought in to help process the scene.

If anyone has any information that could lead to the arrest of the armed robbers, call the Starke County Sheriff’s Department at 574-772-3771.