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ELKHART — Concord West Side Elementary School had a brief scare Thursday morning following an attempted robbery reported nearby.

The school on the south edge of Elkhart was placed on lockdown for about 15 minutes late Thursday morning, shortly after a robbery attempt was reported at a business in the area on Hively Avenue, according to information from Elkhart Police Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Snyder and West Side Principal Gerard Donlon. 

School administrators put the elementary on lockdown as a safety measure and contacted police and sheriff departments after they were informed of police activity on the grounds of the elementary in relation to the robbery.

Officers swept the area and notified school administrators that there was no threat, according to Donlon. He said students and staff at Concord West Side were not in danger at any time. The lockdown was lifted before 11 a.m.

At some point during the police search for the suspect in the robbery, the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department received a report of someone on the school grounds in a vehicle in the school parking lot who may have had a gun, said Snyder, but the description of the vehicle matched that of an unmarked police cruiser in the area.

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