Two people arrested after armed robbery

Two people were arrested after a robbery in the parking lot of a local business. Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Erik Peetz, 25, 2880 Catalina St., and Haley Burton, 19, 1119 Eighth St., on a charge of robbery while armed with a deadly weapon on Tuesday, deputies said.

Erik Peetz
Erik Peetz
Haley Burton
Haley Burton

According to the sheriff’s department, the victim had arranged to meet with Burton, who was a friend, at the parking lot. When the two met, Peetz, who had been hiding in the back seat of Burton’s car, came out with a large tire tool and threatened her with it, deputies said.

Peetz and Burton are accused of taking the victim’s cash, cell phone and shoes, deputies said. The sheriff’s department worked with Columbus police officers to find Burton and Peetz on Tuesday night, deputies said.

In addition to the armed robbery charge, Peetz is also charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of legend drug injection devices, deputies said.

Investigators are attempting to locate a third individual who may have information about the robbery, deputies said.

Anyone with information about a person identified as Jordan Cowan, a female about 25 years old, is asked to contact Lt. Chad Swank at 812-565-5925 or email

The Sheriff Department tip line is 812-379-1712.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.