ALBION — An Albion man was arrested Friday on charges he was one of two men who robbed a gas station just one block from his home in January.
William K. Moore, 40, was arrested at 5:38 p.m. Friday by the Albion Town Marshal’s Office and Noble County police at his residence in the 200 block of West Hazel Street.
Moore was booked into the Noble County Jail on a charge of robbery, a Level 3 felony.
Albion Town Marshal Scott Cole said police are continuing their investigation in their pursuit of making an additional arrest.
According to a news release from the Albion Town Marshal’s Office, two white males with bandanas covering their faces entered the Marathon gas station in the 200 block of South Orange Street at approximately 2:10 a.m. Jan. 6.
One of the suspects allegedly pointed what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun at the clerk and ordered him to get cash. The second suspect filled a bag with cartons of cigarettes.
The larger of the suspects, approximately 5-foot-8 to 6-feet tall and weighing 230-260 pounds, was wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt. This suspect displayed the handgun.
The second suspect was wearing a blue shirt and had an unknown tattoo on the back of his neck. He was described as being 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-10, weighing 210-230 pounds.
After taking the cash and cigarettes, the suspects fled the store on foot.
No one was injured in the incident.
Court documents allege Moore was the second suspect in that robbery, the one with the tattoo on the back of his neck.
And it was that tattoo, visible in store surveillance footage, that helped lead Albion police to Moore.
On Jan. 10, Albion Detective Sgt. David Thieme received video from the Kendallville Police Department regarding an alleged shoplifting incident from Walmart in November 2018.
Moore, in that Walmart video, had what appeared to be an identical tattoo observed in the gas station robbery video.
Thieme took the video to Ball State University, where a staff member was able to isolate and enlarge images of the tattoos in the videos. A digital forensic examiner and analyst from the Fort Wayne Police Department also evaluated the photos.
Both experts pointed to Moore.
Evidence left at the scene, including a red bandana and a cloth glove, were located immediately to the west of the business. Another red bandana was located in the wood line just east of York Street.
DNA tests performed on that evidence allegedly helped lead to Moore as a suspect as well.
A witness told police Jan. 8 a man had been seen sitting on the steps in front of a residence in the 200 block of West Hazel Street wearing a bandana across his face, showing only the man’s eyes.
Cole praised the work done on the case by Thieme.
“He did a great job getting it to this point,” Cole said.
The marshal also cited the work done by numerous supporting agencies, including the Ball State University Telecommunications Department, Fort Wayne Police Department Digital Forensics Department, the Indiana State Police, the Noble County Sheriff’s Department, Ligonier Police Department and Avilla Police Department.
“It was definitely a team effort,” Cole said. “It was a great job.”