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Robbers ask directions to middle school; visitors scrutinized

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Police are investigating reports of an armed robbery at a cell tower Monday in the 2400 block of Liberty Lane in Goshen.

According to police, two men approached a T-Mobile technician working at the tower about 11:40 a.m. and asked for directions to Oldham County Middle School.

Seconds later, one man brandished a small handgun and demanded money and tools.

Witnesses said the men fled the scene in a 1970s gold- or copper-colored Plymouth Fury with missing hubcaps and drove north headed toward U.S. 42.

Police said the men are described as Hispanic males with dark hair. Each wore a blue bandana, brown plaid shirt, blue work pants and gloves. 

According to police, they left with tools and about $200 cash.

Liberty Lane is about two miles from Liberty Elementary School. 

District officials said students at Oldham County Schools’ North and Central campuses remained indoors throughout the day.

Michael Williams, director of pupil personnel, said students and teachers continued classes while the schools functioned in lockdown mode. 

Students and staff moved throughout school buildings as normal, but staff members monitored visitors more closely than usual, he said. Officials suspended all outdoor activities and locked exterior doors.

In an e-mail to parents, OCMS Principal Chris Kraft said staff members met visitors at the door of the school and allowed visitor access in a controlled manner.

The school’s safety procedures “worked beautifully,” he wrote. 

Staff members and students saw little disruption with the exception of staying indoors for wellness period during a gorgeous day, Kraft said.

Staff writer John Foster also contributed to this story. 

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