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GARY — A gunman took a wallet from a man clearing snow for a church in one of two robberies reported Monday, police said.

A 52-year-old Gary man told police he was using a snowblower at a church in the 500 block of Adams Street just before 6:30 p.m. when a man pointed a gun at him and said, "Give it up."

The gunman fled west on Sixth Avenue, Lt. Dawn Westerfield said. He was described as black, in his early to mid-20s and about 6 feet tall. He had a black handgun.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 219-881-1210.

In a separate case, two suspects drove over a 22-year-old Gary woman's legs while robbing her of an iPhone 6, Westerfield said.

The woman met the two at a parking lot in the 400 block of Clark Road to sell the phone, police said. The suspects arrived in a car and attempted to drive off with the phone.

The woman reached into the car to retrieve the phone, and one of the suspects grabbed her hair. Her legs were run over as she was dragged, police said.

An ambulance crew took her to a local hospital, police said. Police were dispatched to the hospital just after 6 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Cpl. Charles Lucas at 219-881-1229. 

To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP.


Public safety reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.