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HAMMOND — A line of eight unmarked vehicles with Illinois plates sat idling in front of a Hammond residence as federal agents executed a search warrant there Tuesday morning.

Hammond police Lt. Steven Kellogg confirmed the raid was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service in the 3100 block of 173rd Street. Officers could be seen outside the Hammond home talking with agents, but Kellogg said his department isn't involved in the IRS investigation.

IRS agents, adorned in plain clothes, black police vests and blue medical gloves could be seen removing items from the residence and placing the objects into the unmarked SUVs. At least one firearm was recovered from the two-story, brick home that sits almost directly across from the Caldwell Youth Sports Complex.

IRS spokeswoman Vicki Petricka said agents conducted a search warrant at the home, but she declined further comment.

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"I cannot confirm or deny the existence of an investigation," said Ryan Holmes, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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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.