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Husband-wife duo allegedly robbed gas station, bar with baseball bat; man still at large

PERLEY, Minn. - Authorities say a husband and wife are likely responsible for armed robberies of a bar in Buxton, N.D., and convenience store in Perley, Minn., as well as a burglary in Grandin, N.D.

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PERLEY, Minn. – Authorities say a husband and wife are likely responsible for armed robberies of a bar in Buxton, N.D., and convenience store in Perley, Minn., as well as a burglary in Grandin, N.D.

The Norman County Sheriff’s Department issued warrants this week for Crystal and Billy Herman, both 36, on robbery and assault charges in connection with the Oct. 26 robbery of the Perley C-Store.

Crystal Herman already was in Cass County Jail on separate theft, drug and escape charges when the warrant was issued, authorities said.

Billy Herman remained at large this morning.

At about 7 p.m., Oct. 26, Crystal Herman allegedly checked the Perley C-Store before her husband, carrying a baseball bat, entered the store and demanded money, Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton said.

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The couple, whose last known address was Warwick, N.D., got away with an undisclosed amount of money, and no one was injured, the sheriff said.

At about 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 30, two suspects, one of them wielding a baseball bat, both wearing bandanas over the faces, entered the Triple VVV Bar in Buxton, N.D., where the manager, who was alone at the time, was preparing to close for the night, Traill County Chief Deputy Tony Ernst said.

“The manager saw what was happening and locked himself in a room,” he said. “The person with the baseball bat hit the door, knocking a hole in it.”

However, the suspects did not get into the room. They left with about $1,800, the sheriff said.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

Details of the burglary in Grandin, which is in Cass County, were not immediately available.

The investigation is continuing by several law enforcement agencies.

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