Avon Police: Pizza robbery was inside job

Rameil Pitamber
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Avon robbery detectives say a Jan. 29th armed robbery at the Little Caesars Pizza was an inside job.

Investigators found evidence behind the pizza store and along the getaway trail that helped them identify 17-year-old Rameil Pitamber as a suspect.  Pitamber is a student at Ben Davis High School where police say he is currently doing in-school suspension.

Investigators also discovered that an employee of Little Caesars, identified as 18-year-old Derrek Berryhill, is friends with Pitamber.  Both suspects cooperated with investigators as they were able to recover some of the money that was stolen during the robbery.

Both teens were arrested and are being held at the Hendricks County Jail. Berryhill was charged in connection with the robbery as he provided Pitamber with information about the restaurant and the employees who would be working at the time of the robbery.  

The Hendricks County prosecutor filed direct adult charges against Pitamber because of the gun he used in the crime. Restaurant cameras captured the robbery.

A judge entered preliminary not-guilty pleas for the pair Thursday morning in Circuit Court in Danville. Prosecutors charged Pitamber with one count of armed robbery and four counts of confinement for allegedly forcing four employees to tie each other with zip ties he provided during the robbery. He is also charged with one firearms violation.

Derrek Berryhill faces one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit theft.