4 robberies in 6 hours keep Gary police robbery detail busy
by Lori Caldwell email@example.com | 648-3258 October 1, 2012 5:14PM
Updated: November 3, 2012 6:15AM
GARY — Four robberies in six hours kept Sgt. Dan Callahan and the robbery detail hustling from one scene to the next Sunday night.
The first occurred about 4:40 p.m. as a 23-year-old East Chicago woman was walking home from her job at Majestic Star casinos.
The victim said a man asked her the time and as she pulled out her cell phone, he stepped behind her, demanding her money.
The robber implied he had a weapon, the victim said. She said he was a black man about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt with white stripes on the sleeves.
Sgt. Larry Robertson is investigating the robbery. He can be reached at 881-7545.
Then about 7:30 p.m., a man and his girlfriend were returning home in the 500 block of Carolina Street when three men, one with a handgun, demanded their cash and cell phones.
Callahan searched the area for the suspects, all black men. The victims said one was thin with a light hooded sweatshirt and black shorts, one was short and wore a red sweatshirt and the third was wore a black hooded sweatshirt.
Detective James Bond is investigating the robbery. Anyone with information may call him at 881-4751.
About the same time, a 27-year-old man who lives in the 2500 block of Lincoln Street said a man he knows came to his house, tied him with phone cords after tearing the phones from the wall.
He said the man found $2,500 he was keeping to pay his lawyer.
Detective Alex Jones is investigating the robbery. His office number is 881-7477.
Also about 7:30 p.m., a Hobart woman and her sister stopped at a gas station on U.S. 20 at Clay Street. As they began to leave, the 21-year-old victim said three men jumped into her car and demanded money. She told them she didn’t have any money and the trio left the car and fired shots in her direction before they ran.
She went to a house in Aetna and called police.
Detective Cpl. Jeff Hornyak is investigating the robbery and can be reached at 881-7514.