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HOBART — A man suspected in a rash of Region robberies faces a new charge alleging he stole a man's wallet and cellphone at a Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch.

Dionysios T. Doukas, 35, of Schererville, and another man were being helped by separate employees Oct. 24 at the BMV branch at 7744 37th Ave. in Hobart, according to court records.

The man got up to have his photo taken, leaving his wallet and cellphone on a counter. A short time later, Doukas said he needed to retrieve paperwork from his vehicle and exited the building, court records say.

The man noticed his wallet and cellphone were missing and requested a manager call police to report a theft.

Meanwhile, Doukas re-entered the building and paid for his services, but did not produce the documents he purportedly had gone to retrieve, records say.

Six to eight people were waiting for service at the time of the theft, but no one was in the area of the man's wallet and cellphone, records say.

Doukas was charged Friday in Hobart City Court with one count of misdemeanor theft, records show.

In a separate case, Lake County prosecutors on Monday asked a Lake Criminal Court judge to increase Doukas' bail bond and order the defendant to forfeit his U.S. passport based on concerns he would flee to Greece if he were released on bond.

Doukas' defense attorney Ralph Staples argued for Judge Salvador Vasquez to reduce his client's $80,000 surety bond, or $8,000 cash bond, and said he had his client's passport locked in a safe at his office.

Doukas appeared in Vasquez's Lake Criminal Courtroom on one charge each of attempted robbery, robbery and resisting law enforcement. In that case, he's accused of robbing a Subway restaurant near Lowell on Nov. 15 and leading police on a high-speed chase from Lake County to Porter County.

Doukas is suspected of robbing almost a dozen businesses in Lake County before his arrest Nov. 21. In many of the cases, the suspect implied that an object wrapped in plastic was a gun. He is only currently facing charges for the robbery of the Subway in Lowell. 

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