Arrest made in May 19 Casey’s robbery

Christopher Gartin

A Fort Dodge man has been charged with robbing a Casey’s General Store in Fort Dodge last month.

Christopher J. Gartin, 29, has been charged with one count of second-degree robbery.

He’s accused of robbing the Casey’s, located at 1133 S. 22nd St., around 11:06 p.m. on May 19.

Gartin, according to the criminal complaint, filed with the Webster County attorney’s office, allegedly walked into the Casey’s while wearing a mask and gloves.

He allegedly handed a note to the cashier, demanding money.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, Gartin allegedly fled the store.

According to the complaint, after the robbery, Gartin was picked up a block away from the scene by two friends.

All three were questioned by Fort Dodge police, and the complaint stated that all three gave conflicting statements about where Gartin was picked up and why he was in the area at that time.

Gartin allegedly told his brother that he was the one who committed the robbery, and one of the friends, according to the complaint, told Fort Dodge police Detective Larry Hedlund that she was the one who wrote the note given to the clerk.

She also allegedly said she was with Gartin before and after the incident and that she witnessed him change clothes and shoes after the robbery before hiding them.

Gartin made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Wednesday morning.

At his appearance, Magistrate William Habhab ordered Gartin held on $25,000 cash bond.

He also scheduled Gartin’s preliminary hearing for June 22.