Apparently the same shoplifting gang foiled on Thursday in their efforts to
steal from the Kmart at 750 Indian Boundary Road was much more successful in
a raid the week before, Chesterton Police said.
According to police, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, three women and one
man--the same suspects in Thursday’s incident--entered the store with baby
carriers, “with blankets over them so no one could see that they were
The four then proceeded to fill the carriers with merchandise, police said:
electronics and women’s apparel. In addition, they filled diaper bags from
the store with merchandise, police said.
When two of the women left the store, a loss prevention agent confronted
them, prompting them to flee in a red vehicle, probably the same used on
Thursday, police said.
The other two suspects, a woman and the man, remained inside, hiding, and
when the agent returned to the store they also fled, on foot, police said.
Kmart estimated the loss on Nov. 16 at around $2,000.
The agent further advised police that the four are “the same suspects from
shoplifting incidents in the Valparaiso, Merrillville, and LaPorte Kmart
The suspects were described as three black females and one black male.
In Thursday’s incident, the four suspects were alerted by an intercom
announcement requesting security. They fled the store, dropping merchandise
to the floor as they went, and fled in a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo, striking
a nearby unoccupied vehicle in the process.