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UPDATE: Police arrest woman who robbed White Castle in Hammond at drive-thru window

UPDATE: Police arrest woman who robbed White Castle in Hammond at drive-thru window


HAMMOND — Police have arrested a woman caught on a surveillance camera robbing a White Castle on Tuesday. 

Hammond police responded about 12:15 p.m. to the White Castle restaurant at 7921 Indianapolis Blvd., located just south of Interstate 80/94. 

Employees said a white or Hispanic woman, armed with a black semi-automatic handgun, approached the drive-thru window and demanded money.

The woman was reportedly wearing a black Zoo York brand hoodie and sunglasses, according to Hammond Police Lt. Steven Kellogg.

She was driving a silver, older model Chrysler Sebring 4-door with no license plates. Police said the vehicle information was immediately shared with officers and a detective with the Hammond Gang Unit went to work searching based on what he knew.

Within an hour, he had located the suspect vehicle in Hammond's Blue Net license plate reader system. From there, detectives located the suspect and within seven hours of the robbery, the suspect was in custody. 

Lt. Steven Kellogg said in a case where a suspect's car has no license plate, the Blue Net system has to be combed through to find vehicles from other images taken in the area and compared against previous photos taken when the vehicle had plates on it.

"It is a difficult process but worth the results," he said. 


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Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.

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