Celina police investigate robbery
Friday, October 12, 2012 8:02 PM
The Celina Police Department is investigating a report of a robbery that occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 9.Paul Billerman, 77, Celina, was at home early Tuesday morning when a man came to his front door. He allowed the man to come in. The suspect then took the victim from his home by threat of force and left with him, using Billerman's vehicle. The suspect drove around Celina and the surrounding area until Chase Bank opened. Once the bank was open, the suspect had the victim use the drive-thru lane to remove cash from the victim's personal account. He then had Billerman drive him to W. Logan St., where he exited the car near the Celina Wine Store and left on foot. The suspect was dropped off around 8:45 a.m.
The victim was not injured and returned home. Once at home he contacted the bank, who in turn contacted the Celina Police Department. The area where the suspect as dropped off was immediately checked, including an attempt to track the suspect with a canine unit, but no one was located and no significant canine track was developed. The suspect was wearing a dark blue or dark gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up around his face, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. The investigation into this incident is continuing. Anyone who saw a subject matching the suspect's description in the area of the Celina Wine Store on Tuesday morning is asked to contact the Celina Police Department at (419) 586-2345.
Celina Police are urging residents to keep their doors locked and not allow strangers to enter their homes. You can speak with strangers through the door and if the situation makes you feel uncomfortable you are encouraged to contact the Celina Police Department or your local law enforcement agency and ask them to check into the situation.
Celina police are also investigating an incident that occurred on Friday afternoon at the Celina Walmart Super Center. Celina Police and Fire responded after the Celina Police Department received a call at 3:18 p.m.from Walmart security stating they were evacuating the store because of a suspicious package. Officers arrived at Walmart to find the package was on a counter at the Service Desk. It was approximately 12" by 3" by 1.5". After examining the package a decision was made to remove it from the store. It was taken to a safe location where the package was opened and the contents could be examined. It was found that the package contained only batteries. The Celina Walmart was shut down for less than one hour. The investigation into this incident is continuing.