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VALPARAISO — A man confessed to robbing the same CVS Pharmacy twice, police say.

At 4:46 p.m. Friday police responded to a robbery at CVS at 1805 Calumet Road, according to the Valparaiso Police Department.

Sgt. Mark LaMotte and Patrolman Ryan Sobierajski were off duty and on their way to the police dog event in downtown Valparaiso's Central Park when they overheard the radio call, which included a physical description of the suspect. 

Police saw Ryan Nichols, 30, of Valparaiso, in the area and said he tried to flee when he saw the officers. Nichols was detained and taken to the Valparaiso Police Department.

Nichols was wearing a partial mask when he came to the pharmacy counter and allegedly presented a note that requested several types of narcotics, police said. He also verbally asked for the narcotics.

Nichols allegedly told police that his intentions were to steal the medication. Police said he further confessed to a previous, unsolved robbery from Sept. 7, 2018 at the same CVS. 

Nichols has been charged with two counts of robbery and is being held at the Porter County Jail.

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Breaking News/Crime Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.