$10,000 reward offered for information in homicide at Piatak Meats

2014-02-21T19:00:00Z 2014-02-22T12:30:09Z $10,000 reward offered for information in homicide at Piatak MeatsChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
February 21, 2014 7:00 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the Nov. 4 slaying at Piatak Meats, and police on Monday are expected to issue footage they have compiled in the investigation.

Andrew Fugate, 27, of Hobart, was shot to death inside the business at 6200 Broadway.

Fugate's body was discovered by a store manager about 7 a.m. Nov. 4 on the cooler floor of Piatak Meats. Fugate had arrived for work at his family's business about 4 a.m. to begin meat preparations.

Police said video surveillance from surrounding businesses show a light-colored SUV approach Piatak Meats. The SUV is believed to be a large-model GM vehicle.

Footage compiled by police shows two occupants from the vehicle entered Piatak Meats. They later returned to the vehicle and left the scene, police said.

Investigators will provide footage during a news conference Monday morning.

Following the homicide, police said no items were reported stolen from the business, but there was evidence of a burglary.

The Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force assisted Merrillville police at the start of the investigation by conducting interviews, examining records and verifying information, police said.

The Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives each contributed $5,000 to make up the $10,000 reward this is being offered in the case.

"This type of crime will not be tolerated and we are committed to utilizing resources from all of our law enforcement partners in resolving this matter," Merrillville Police Chief Joseph Petruch said.

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to contact Robert Wiley, Merrillville's chief of detectives, at (219) 769-3531, ext. 545. Tips can be made anonymously.

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