Updated: August 22, 2013 11:11AM
Car thief escapes after crash
Police chased a stolen car from Miller to Brunswick Wednesday morning, until the thief crashed into a tree near 3rd Avenue and Burr Street. With help from a Lake County K-9 team and helicopter, police searched the area for about two hours, but did not locate the driver, who ran from the car after the crash.
The incident began about 7:18 a.m. at the South Shore train stop at Lake Street in Miller where a 25-year-old Merrillville man was waiting with his girlfriend in his red 2006 Ford Mustang. They said a dark-skinned black man pointed a gun at the driver and ordered both occupants out of the car, saying they should leave their phones and wallets. The gunman sped away, driving west as police began pursuing him through downtown and into Brunswick where he crashed.
The stolen car was towed from the scene. During the search for the driver, police found another stolen car in a nearby wooded area.
Charges filed against brothers
Two brothers arrested at one of two homes where undercover officers made drug buys last month have been charged with several felonies. Cory Hightower, aka Cory Bland, 25, and Michael Hightower, 28, both of 416 Jackson St. and 453 Jackson St., were held on $40,000 bail each after their arrest.
The Gary Narcotics-Vice Unit arranged to buy cocaine several times from the pair in late July. Both are charged with dealing in cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance.
During a raid on the home at 416 Jackson St., police recovered cash, cocaine, a bulletproof desk, a loaded handgun and drug paraphernalia.
Investigation yields drug arrests
Two Tolleston men are charged with dealing and possession of cocaine, the result of an investigation by the Gary Narcotics-Vice Unit.
Dewan Bynum, 33, of 1624 W. 15th Ave., and Kenneth Grimes, 49, of 1689 W. 12th Ave., were identified by a confidential informant at the men who sold crack cocaine on two occasions this month, court records show.
The SWAT team raided Bynum’s house on Aug. 14, and seized crack cocaine, marijuana, three loaded handguns and drug paraphernalia.
19-year-old shot in leg
A 19-year-old resident of Delaney Community Housing Development was shot in the leg Tuesday night as he walked with friends near a gas station at 17th Avenue and Harrison Street.
Erik Portwood said several men approached him and a fight began, but the fight ended and the men walked away. Minutes later, Portwood heard shots and was struck in the leg.
Detective Cpl. James Nielsen is investigating the shooting. Anyone with information can call him at 881-4754.
Third Illinois resident in a week a victim of theft
For the third time in less than a week, a potential Craigslist customer was robbed when he went to an apartment building at 515 N. Lake St. to buy an iPhone.
All three victims have come from Illinois to complete their purchase.
On Tuesday morning, Kirti Thakkar, 31, of Arlington Heights, went to the second floor of the building where he was robbed of the cash he brought for the phone.
Gary police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said Craigslist customers should meet the sellers at a public place and said to bring a cashier’s check instead of cash.
Detective Cpl. Michael Barnes is investigating the latest round of Craigslist robberies.
Man steals Kindle from child
A robber grabbed a Kindle Fire tablet from a 12-year-old girl as she walked with a friend near her home in Glen Park Tuesday morning.
The victim’s mother told police her daughter was near 43rd Avenue and Washington Street about 10 a.m. when a black man about 5-ft., 7-in., weighing about 120 pounds took the tablet and ran.