A look-alike pellet gun was used to pistol whip the victim of an armed robbery Thursday night.
A man and a woman who were walking across the Eighth Street bridge just before 10:30 p.m. say they were robbed of a case of beer by three men who were carrying what looked like a black handgun.
The male victim was hit with the gun but didn’t require medical attention.
Using a police tracking dog, officers were able to find a black pellet pistol in the backyard of a nearby home, but the robbery suspects weren’t found.
However, a few hours later, at about 12:45 a.m. on Friday, police got a report that three men were trying to break into vehicles on the 1600-block of College Avenue.
One vehicle was found with the steering column damaged in an apparent theft attempt and property was stolen from a second vehicle.
Police arrested and questioned two men in the area, and say they were responsible for breaking into the vehicles and also for the earlier armed robbery.
A 25-year-old Swan River man is to appear in court on Dec. 17 on charges of armed robbery, attempted vehicle theft, theft and possession of break-in instruments.
A 22-year-old Brandon man was to appear in court yesterday on charges of armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, attempted vehicle theft, theft and two counts of breach of recognizance.
Police continue to look for the third suspect in connection with the investigation.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 26, 2013