Reward Offered in Ralston, Papio Robberies
Two armed robberies, two people badly injured, and now one police department is stepping up efforts. Ralston Police Dept. is offering a reward to find the suspects behind last week's crimes.
The two armed robberies were just 15 minutes apart. At about 8pm on January 8th, two men rob the Little Caesar's on 82nd & Harrison St. and when a customer tries to stop it they pistol-whip him in the head. Then, the same men go to Radio Shack in Papillion’s Tara Plaza, and shoot a clerk in the leg during the robbery.
Vaughn “Tony” Taylor, the customer injured at Little Caesar's, says his head is feeling better. He gets his staples out in about 6 days. He's glad to see authorities step up their efforts.
"I think that's great if it’s going to help. It probably will help catch them faster,” Taylor explained. "I'll be glad when they get them."
Both Ralston and Papillion have compared tapes and physical evidence. Chief Murtaugh says it's not a lack of leads, but they want to stay aggressive by offering a cash reward.
"We're still in fresh pursuit for lack of a better word of facts and any information we can obtain because we don't want to lose any momentum we could have to resolve this quickly," Chief Murtaugh described.
The suspects are described as having an average build, White, Hispanic, or light-skinned Black males with sunglasses, ski masks, and layered clothing. Both were armed with a handgun, so they should be considered armed and dangerous.
"This is only the second time that Ralston's offered a reward. The first time was a set of daytime burglaries and within a week’s time that reward was paid out, and the person was apprehended," Chief Murtaugh said.
Taylor says he hopes they're caught so they can't do it again, but either way it won't keep him from visiting Little Caesar's.
"I went up there and ordered another pizza,” Taylor laughed.
Chief Murtaugh says they haven't connected these suspects to any robberies in Omaha, but that doesn't mean that may not happen. If you have information call Douglas County Crimestoppers at 402-444-6000 or the Ralston Police Department at 402-331-1786.