A Gary man has been
charged in federal court with the Nov. 24 armed robbery of the Chesterton
branch of the First State Bank of Porter on North Calumet Road.
Coleman, 29, was indicted on Thursday on two counts of bank robbery, the
first in connection with the Nov. 2 robbery of the Portage branch of Horizon
Bank, the second in connection with the First State Bank of Porter job,
according to documents filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern
District of Indiana.
Det. Sgt. Chunk
Rinker of the Chesterton Police Department told the Chesterton Tribune
after deadline on Friday that “footwear matching is a component in the
investigation.” Rinker also said that he collected several DNA samples from
contact surfaces which the bank robber is known to have touched, including
the note he presented to a bank teller. Those samples have been forwarded to
the Indiana State Police crime lab for testing, he added.
robbery occurred at 10:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, when a
man entered the bank, conversed briefly with an employee, then displayed a
weapon and presented a note. He fled the bank, apparently on foot, in a
southwest direction, with an undisclosed sum of money.
The suspect was
described as a black male, approximately 6’ 0’’ in height with a thin to
medium build, dressed in dark trousers, a navy parka coat, and a beanie-type
hat with “CAVS” on it.