Hammond police arrest suspects in cellphone thefts

2013-10-09T22:00:00Z 2013-10-10T00:15:18Z Hammond police arrest suspects in cellphone theftsElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
October 09, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Two suspects in a series of cellphone thefts in the Hessville area were arrested Wednesday night, police said.

Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said two 17-year-old boys were arrested at 8 p.m. in Gary following two cellphone thefts on Grand Avenue and 173rd Street in Hammond. The two people who were robbed were not injured.

Hammond police and officers from the Region STOP Team pursued the suspects into Gary where they were arrested at an apartment, Miller said.

Miller said a gun and two cellphones were recovered. He said the teens match descriptions of suspects who were targeting teenagers and demanding they hand over their cellphones. 

The teens displayed a silver handgun during the robberies.

The robberies began Friday night in the 6700 block of Grand Avenue, police said.

The other thefts took place Saturday in the 3100 block of 173rd Street and 6700 block of Parrish Avenue, police said. A 16-year-old victim from one of Saturday's robberies was punched in the face. 

On Sunday another similar robbery was reported in the 6800 block of Nebraska Avenue, police said.

Miller said he anticipated charges in the case would be filed quickly.

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