A Gary woman has been charged in connection with a series of thefts
committed at the George Ade Rest Plaza on the Indiana Toll Road in Gary, the
Indiana State Police said.
Tamara R. Scott was taken into custody at the Majestic Star Casino Hotel in
Gary and charged with two counts of forgery, two of theft, two of receiving
stolen property, and three of fraud, police said.
A man who jumped from the second floor window of Scott’s hotel room to flee
investigators was subsequently identified from personal items recovered in
the room. That man, Anthony D. Washington, was taken into custody at his
residence in Gary and charged with resisting law enforcement and possession
Scott and Washington were both being held at the Lake County Jail and ISP
Det. 1st Sgt. Jeffrey Matson said that he “anticipates filing numerous other
charges against Scott and Washington” as the investigation continues.
ISP detectives were investigating a series of nearly 20 thefts and robberies
which occurred at the George Ade Rest Plaza, over a period of more than two
months, where a woman would steal wallets and cell phones from men while
attempting prostitution activity. On several occasions, police said, a male
subject would accompany the woman, “brandishing a firearm and taking the
items through threat of force,” police said.
Scott was charged after she was identified using the stolen credit card of a
victim in Lake Station, police said.