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911 call creates twist in New Harmony robbery

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Casey White. (Source: Posey County Sheriff's Office) Casey White. (Source: Posey County Sheriff's Office)
Greg Bennett. (Source: Posey County Sheriff's Office) Greg Bennett. (Source: Posey County Sheriff's Office)

Tuesday night, New Harmony found itself the victim of a crime at a local convenience store.

"I've been here seven years and we've not had a robbery as such. It's a nice peaceful little town. We try to keep it that way," said Scott Champlin, the New Harmony Marshal.

Authorities quickly caught up with the suspects, 29-year-old Greg Bennett of Evansville, and 25-year-old Casey White of Mt. Vernon. They were arrested several hours later. 

Authorities believe White made a 911 call about Bennett, and it created a little twist.

At 10:47 Tuesday night, a Vanderburgh County dispatcher took a 911 call.

"My name is Casey White. I was just held hostage by my ex-boyfriend," the call said. "He took my car. He's been chasing me down with it. He robbed a gas station and he's been beating me up. I finally got away."

Finally got away, but where? When dispatch asks so they can send an officer, White won't tell them, just saying she's hiding, afraid of her ex. 

"He's trying to find me. If he finds me, he's going to kill me," the caller said. "You're just going to have to call me. I'm not coming out of my hidden spot." 

During the call, White say says her ex, who she says held her hostage, is Greg Bennett. She says he's driving a red PT Cruiser convertible. 

Turns out, multiple law enforcement agencies were looking for a man driving a PT Cruiser suspected of robbing the Old Mill Mart Convenience Store in New Harmony a few hours earlier.

Champlin says White wasn't a victim at all, but an accomplice.

"We have evidence that she was in the car when he went into two different stores, one just to case, and the other the actual robbery that took place. We also have evidence that she was in on the planning of this," Champlin said.

Champlin says exclusive surveillance video shows White in Frankie J's Convenience Store in Wadesville shortly before the New Harmony robbery. 

He believes she's casing the store, not being held hostage.

It didn't take long for authorities to connect all the dots and catch up to White and Bennett, who were both arrested and booked into the Posey County Jail. 

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