LARWILL â€” One man was arrested in Larwill Sunday evening after an employee at the Larwill Deli reported a suspicious van outside the convenience store.
The employee reported a white van without a license plate that was suspiciously driving around the store. After the witness saw a man begin to put on what was reportedly a face mask, she called the police, locked the doors and hid in the back of the deli.
â€śThe attendant was really sharp,â€ť Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Detective Chuck Vogley said. â€śShe saw something wasnâ€™t right.â€ť
Though the Sheriffâ€™s Department never found a mask, Vogley said the group had hooded sweatshirts.
â€śThe intent was to rob the place,â€ť Vogley said. â€śThey were arguing about who was going to do it when officers arrived.â€ť
Police detained three suspects from the van and arrested one of those men, Michael R. Frankhart, 29, of Markle.
Frankhart was a previous Whitley County resident.
Police found a nine millimeter handgun in the vehicle and none of the occupants had a permit.
Though no armed robbery charges were filed Frankhart was booked on three charges.
Frankhart was charged with driving while suspended, possession of a handgun without a license and possession of paraphernalia.