HAMMOND | A Gary man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 10 years in prison for his role in nearly a dozen armed robberies.
Nathan Elmore, 22, was sentenced to 10 years and one month on 10 armed robbery counts, according to court records. U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano also ordered Elmore to pay $20,440 in restitution.
Elmore was among four people named in a 30-count indictment involving 15 armed robberies in the region.
Elmore and co-defendant Jeremiah Stevenson, 22, of Gary, were caught Feb. 11, 2012, using dye-stained money at Horseshoe Casino — four days after they took more than $16,000 from an East Chicago credit union, according to court records.
Lozano sentenced Stevenson to 6.5 years in federal prison and ordered him to pay $17,952 in restitution for his role in three robberies. The pair pleaded guilty to robbing Game Stop and Auto Zone in Hammond and Tech Credit Union in East Chicago.
Also charged in three robberies were Seandell Rounds, 21, and Lavelle Hatley, of Gary, who was 17 at the time of the alleged offenses. Rounds, of Riverdale, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and is awaiting sentencing.
The four were charged in connection with robberies at a pizzeria, Subway sandwich shop, three chicken restaurants and a Family dollar store between June 2011 and Feb. 14, 2012.