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Hammond police say they caught two suspects after a reported bank robbery Tuesday.

At around 9:12 a.m., officers responded to First Financial Bank, 2705 169th St., for a call of a robbery in progress, the police department said in a press release.

Police learned that two black male subjects wearing masks and hats over their faces had entered the bank, showed handguns and demanded money from employees before fleeing in a dark-colored minivan, the release stated.

An officer saw the suspected vehicle near Kennedy Avenue and Michigan Street and started following it, police said. The vehicle fled to the 500 block of Burr Street in Gary, where the two suspects were taken into custody. Money, clothing and weapons were recovered.

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Hammond police say are working with the FBI to determine if the individuals are connected to any other recent robbery investigations, and that charging information will be announced once it is available.

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Giles is the health reporter for The Times, covering the business of health care as well as consumer and public health. He previously wrote about health for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.