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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.

CEDAR LAKE — Police are asking for help identifying a suspect who allegedly robbed a Zip Foods at gunpoint Thursday morning.

The store's clerk told police a white man carrying a blue suitcase approached the counter about 6:20 a.m. and demanded all of the money in the register, pointing a sawed-off shotgun at the employee.

Police said the clerk handed the man $150, prompting the suspect to leave the convenience store, located in the 7200 block of West 132nd Place. It is unknown if he fled on foot or in a vehicle.

The man is described as having gray/white hair and a matching colored beard, police said. At the time of the alleged robbery, he had been wearing a black and red checkered flannel, gray hoodie, blue jeans, black sunglasses and a maroon shirt.

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

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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.