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David Graham

David Graham

Provided, Porter County Sheriff's Department

PORTER — A black zip-up hooded sweat shirt with bright green stripes helped police identify and charge a man suspected of committing an armed robbery at a local convenience store.

Porter police charged David Andrew Graham, 24, of Portage, with one count of robbery, a Level 3 Felony. Graham was arrested June 6 and taken to the Porter County Jail.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in Porter County Superior Court on June 6, Graham robbed the Zip Foods store on Franklin Street in Porter at gunpoint at about 9:40 p.m. June 5. 

The affidavit says the store clerk told police the man who robbed the store was wearing a handkerchief, a black zip-up hooded sweat shirt with bright green stripes, black pants and black slip-on shoes. Police later said about $500 was taken from the convenience store.

The clerk told authorities the man pointed a silver and gold semi-automatic handgun at her. She also said she didn't know what direction the man went, and he had told her to go into a back room.

According to the affidavit, police reviewed the surveillance video from the store and posted a short video to the Porter Police Facebook page. They drew tips, including a call from a family member who recognized the alleged robber's clothes and mannerisms.

A woman reportedly told police that she believed the man was her brother and that he was bipolar, but was not taking his medication. The affidavit said the siblings' father also came in and identified the man from his clothes.


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