A witness to an armed robbery just outside Michigan City followed the suspects across the state line, giving police enough information to locate and arrest the two suspects.
Krista Caldwell, 25, and David Moss, 32, were being held Friday in connection with three robberies that occurred in the South Bend area, which is where the capture was made for the Thursday afternoon holdup at Next Door Foods along U.S 12.
A store manager was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and treated for a cut and bruises to the head after a pistol whipping, police said.
An individual pulling into the gas station stopped following close to New Buffalo when the suspect behind the wheel realized she was being tailed and began driving recklessly, police said.
However, the witness was involved just long enough to obtain a complete vehicle description and partial license plate number, police said.
Credit is also due to the working relationship between law enforcement in Indiana and Michigan who quickly initiated a search and teamed up during the apprehensions, said LaPorte County police Capt. Mike Kellems.
Kellems said pursuing officers from one state don’t stop when they reach the border in crimes extending across the line, occasionally a barrier in the past.
“I think in years past it may have been an impediment to law enforcement, but we are probably cooperating and communicating better than we ever have in the history of the department’s existence,” Kellems said.
After the witness backed away from the pursuit, the vehicle seemingly disappeared until an officer 30 miles to the east along U.S 12 in Michigan spotted and followed it to a Speedway north of South Bend where officers from both states converged.
Investigators were still meeting Friday with prosecutors to decide charges in connection with the Michigan City area robbery.
The amount of money taken was not disclosed.
New Buffalo Police Chief Larry Pitchford endorsed witnesses going after crime suspects as long as they don’t place themselves at-risk.
“I’m sure not going to encourage you to run 100 miles per hour or anything like that, but to keep a visual on it is very helpful to law enforcement. If you can do it safely, I strongly recommend and request the public’s assistance, but please don’t put yourselves in harm’s way, it’s not worth it,” he said.