Updated: November 18, 2013 5:16PM
INDIANAPOLIS — Raids of El Rodeo restaurants in at least 4 Indiana cities are part of a multi-county investigation, a spokeswoman for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday.
Indiana State Police raided stores of the Mexican restaurant chain in Indianapolis, Lafayette, West Lafayette and Richmond, local news reports said.
The Marion County and Tippecanoe County prosecutors’ offices are leading the investigation, said Peg McLeish of the Marion County office.
“Our offices are coordinating the investigation. Beyond that, we don’t typically share information about our investigation until charges are filed,” she said. “The state police are assisting with the investigation and executing the search warrants.”
The (Richmond) Palladium-Item reported six police cars, all but one unmarked, roared up to one location shortly before 11 a.m. Monday and blocked customers from walking inside. At the same time, officers raided the other Richmond location and closed it for the lunch hour as well. An officer who participated in one of the raids carried an armful of boxes into the restaurant.
In Lafayette and West Lafayette, police cars were parked in front of the businesses and customers were turned away, the Journal and Courier reported. A hand-written note stating the business was closed was placed on the locked front door of the West Lafayette location.