Police: Pair jailed for 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, of 2880 Catalina St., and Haley Burton, 19, of 1119 Eighth St., on a charge of robbery while armed with a deadly weapon Tuesday, deputies said.

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 the target with it, deputies said.

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

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

Peetz is being held at the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $190,000 bond, jail officials said. Burton is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond, jail officials said.

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

Have a tip?

Anyone with information on a third person who may have information on Tuesday’s armed robbery in Columbus are asked to contact Lt. Chad Swank of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department¬†at 812-565-5925 or email sheriff@batholomew.in.gov.

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