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LOWELL — A 61-year-old man charged in connection to an armed robbery in Cedar Lake is facing additional felonies stemming from a similar incident June 16 at a Casey's General Store in Lowell, where he allegedly stole $1,000.

Victor E. Cihonski, of South Bend, has been charged with armed robbery, pointing a firearm and theft, according to Lowell police.

Casey's General Store robbed at gunpoint in Lowell; police seek help identifying suspect

The older man is described as having gray/white hair, police said. At the time of the alleged robbery, he had been wearing a red and black checkered flannel, a white undershirt, blue jeans and a white baseball hat.

The store's clerk told police Cihonski had entered the business on West Commercial Avenue with a suitcase in hand. 

While trying to help Cihonski with the bag — which he had been "fumbling" through at the time — the clerk said the 61-year-old pulled out a shotgun from the case, pointed it at him and demanded money, according to court documents.

On Wednesday, Cihonski had been charged with armed robbery, two counts of pointing a firearm and theft for an incident June 14 at a Zip Foods in Cedar Lake.

Zip Foods robbed at gunpoint in Cedar Lake; police seek help identifying suspect

Police are asking for help identifying a suspect who allegedly robbed a Zip Foods at gunpoint Thursday morning in Cedar Lake. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Deputy Chief Carl Brittingham at 219-374-5416, ext. 118, or by email at carl.brittingham@cedarlakein.org.

Cihonski allegedly robbed the store in a similar manner, pointing a sawed-off shotgun at the store clerk and demanding money from the register. He left the business in the 7200 block of West 132nd Place with $150.

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Police arrested Cihonski Monday morning after the 61-year-old crashed a car he allegedly stole from a Watseka, Illinois, man earlier that morning on U.S. 41 in Morocco, Indiana.

Man wanted in connection to Cedar Lake, Lowell robberies arrested after alleged carjacking in Morocco, police say

Victor E. Cihonski, 61, of South Bend, is accused of crashing a stolen vehicle in a ditch near Plymouth, Indiana. He was later arrested in connection to armed robberies in Cedar Lake and Lowell.

"(Cihonski) was still wearing the same clothing worn in that robbery," Deputy Chief Carl Brittingham said. "The shotgun used was also recovered."

Cihonski remains in Lake County Jail, where he awaits the possibility of additional charges resulting from the Newton County carjacking.

Cihonski's past felony convictions include numerous robberies, thefts and battery assaults, according to court documents.

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Morning Cops/Breaking News Reporter

Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.