Portage man charged in pawn shop robbery

2013-07-05T17:36:00Z 2013-07-05T23:24:49Z Portage man charged in pawn shop robberyChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | A Portage man accused of robbing a pawn shop and threatening employees there Tuesday morning was arrested after crashing his bicycle into a Merrillville officer, court records state.

Terrence Lee Bailey, 28, was charged in Lake Criminal Court with three counts of felony robbery, three counts of felony criminal confinement and a count of misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Two employees at EZ Pawn told police a person identified as Bailey entered the business at 5466 Broadway about 9 a.m. Tuesday and yelled, "if you don't want to get shot, get on the floor," according to court records.

A third employee reported she hid in the back of the storeroom after she determined the store was being robbed.

Bailey allegedly broke the glass of a showcase with a hammer and demanded a key to the store's cash register.

An employee told police he gave Bailey the key to the register, which had $800 to $900 in it. Bailey allegedly took the money and fled the store.

A Merrillville officer dispatched to the scene saw a person matching Bailey's description riding a bicycle between houses.

Bailey allegedly ignored the officer's commands to stop. Other officers arrived in the area and began pursuing Bailey.

They chased him to a dead end street.

Bailey allegedly rode his bicycle off the road, crashed into a Merrillville officer and fell to the ground.

He was taken into custody and later transported to the Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus after complaining of leg pain, court records state.

Police found a backpack containing a hammer, screwdriver, knife, staple gun and $833.

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