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Family Dollar store robbed; other Gary crime news

Updated: May 9, 2014 5:31PM



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Family Dollar robbed

Two men armed with handguns robbed the Family Dollar store at 1401 Massachusetts St. Thursday afternoon.

A 24-year-old employee told police the men came in to the business about 4:45 p.m. and showed weapons, then demanded cash from the register. They ran out of the store with an unknown amount of money, police said.

Man charged in burglary

A Tolleston man was charged late last month with a burglary that occurred Oct. 25, 2012. Patrick A. Gamble, 25, of 1653 E. 12th Ave., was arrested inside the victim’s home in the 2000 block of Roosevelt Place after police arrived. Officers found a window broken and two men trying to escape through that window. The other suspect fled, but police caught Gamble, who was released shortly after his arrest.

The victim told Detective Richard McClelland he was out of town when a neighbor alerted him to the break-in. He found that the burglars had thrown a brick into a window and entered the house, then tried to disconnect the water heater.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Gamble, court records show.

Man accused of trying to strangle wife

Elvis Coleman, 67, admitted to police that he choked his wife during an argument at their Brunswick home on Tuesday, according to court records.

Coleman is charged with strangulation and domestic battery.

His wife told Detective Cpl. Shauna Poirier-Peter she came home from work and her husband started arguing with her and accused her of cheating on him, the probable cause affidavit states.

He told her, “You are going to hell tonight.” and squeezed her neck as she fell to the floor.

Coleman told Poirier-Peter that he did put his hands around her throat, but denied hitting her.



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