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2 robberies reported on same night in Gary, police say; investigations underway

2 robberies reported on same night in Gary, police say; investigations underway

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GARY — Police are investigating two separate robberies that occurred Monday night.

Gary police responded about 9:15 p.m. to the Save Gas Station at 1564 Harrison Blvd., where a 56-year-old man believed to be the owner said he was robbed, Lt. Dawn Westerfield said.

The man told officers he was in his vehicle in the parking lot when a man dressed in a mask and black clothing got into the car through the passenger door.

He said the masked man sprayed him with pepper spray and stole an undetermined amount of money from him before fleeing, according to Westerfield.

Medics treated the man and released him at the scene.

Anyone with information on the suspect's identity was asked to contact Detective Sgt. Gregory Wolf at 219-881-1210. To remain anonymous, call the department's Crime Tip Line at 866-CRIME-GP.

The same gas station was robbed last week by a group of three, The Times reported.

Anyone with more information on that robbery was asked to call Detective Cpl. Silas Simpson at 219-881-1210 or 866-CRIME-GP.

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Officers also responded Monday for a robbery that involved a 26-year-old man being held at gunpoint in his own vehicle.

Police spoke with the man about 8:10 p.m., and he said he and his car had been taken at gunpoint earlier in the 4100 block of Broadway, according to Westerfield.

He told officers two people got into the car and forced him into the back seat before driving to an ATM and stealing money from his account.

They eventually left him and his car behind and fled on foot, Westerfield said.

The suspects were described as a tall, slender black male with small hands, dressed in all black; and a shorter, stocky black male with dreadlocks, who carried the gun.

Police asked anyone with more information or the suspects' identities to call Detective Sgt. Douglas Drummond at 219-881-1210 or the Crime Tip Line at 866-CRIME-GP.

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