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Robbers took man on shopping spree, police say

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

A couple of robbers allegedly went on a shopping spree with their victim in tow to foot the bill, Decatur police said Monday.

The 71-year-old victim, a Decatur man, said the duo robbed him over the course of about five hours, driving him to stores and forcing him to buy things on his credit card, said police spokesman Lt. Chris Mathews

Mathews said the victim filed a report Saturday stating that the woman, an acquaintance, showed up at his house and lured him into her car at about 1 a.m. Thursday.

He thought he was the only passenger, but as he climbed in, a male struck him in the head with a handgun, Mathews said.

"They forced him to drive to USA Gas on the Beltline and use his Visa to charge $108 in gas and other items," Mathews said. "They left USA Gas and drove to Wal-Mart, where they forced him to charge $1,844 to his Visa."

Afterwards, they returned to his home in the 1000 block of Hillside Road Southwest, where the man and woman forced their way inside and stole several items, including a CD player, cash and pain medication, Mathews said.

The man and woman released the victim at about 6 a.m., Mathews said.

The victim knew the robbers only by their first names. No arrests had been made Monday, but police were investigating.

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