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Man charged in Saturday pursuit suspected of Speedway smash-and-grab

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The Portage Township man charged with resisting law enforcement on Saturday, June 8--following a high-speed pursuit beginning on Indian Boundary Road and ending in Michigan City--has now been charged in connection with a smash-and-grab at the Speedway gas station at 752 Indian Boundary Road, Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski is reporting.

Additional charges of burglary and theft have been filed against Michael Ray Vysinka, 45, of 32 San Fernando Drive, who was initially observed in the area of the Speedway by a Porter Police officer responding to the smash-and-grab at 2:25 a.m. Saturday. That officer executed a traffic stop on Vysinka, who then fled the scene while the officer was conferring with a CPD officer also responding to the smash-and-grab.

Vysinka was subsequently taken into custody in Michigan City after leading the PPD officer on a pursuit which reached speeds of 100 miles per hour.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by CPD Det. Sgt. Dan Rocha, video surveillance footage shows a male subject--dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and black shoes with three white stripes down the sides--throw an object through the Speedway’s front door. The subject then enters the business, goes behind the counter, and begins placing cigarette packs in a black bag. He next moves to the front of the counter and places a number of disposable lighters in the bag before leaving through the front door.

When taken into custody, Rocha stated in the affidavit, Vysinka was wearing a tee-shirt, jeans, and black shoes with three white stripes on the sides but not a hooded sweatshirt. The Porter PD officer who pursued him, however, advised that Vysinka had “discarded a black sweatshirt while fleeing from police,” Rocha stated.

Also observed in plain view through the passenger’s side window of Vysinka’s vehicle, after it was secured at the CPD garage, was “a black plastic garbage bag, with packs of Newport, Salem, and Kool cigarettes thrown about the seat and floorboard,” while on the passenger seat’s floorboard was observed “what appeared to be a display container filled with disposable lighters,” Rocha stated.

Speedway reported that 55 packs of cigarettes were unaccounted for as well as several displays of BIC lighters, Rocha added.

Vysinka, for his part, advised police, after being read his Miranda rights, that he was “not the only one involved,” that he was “just the driver,” Rocha stated.

In his press release this morning, Cincoski noted that the investigation is ongoing and that the CPD is working with several other law enforcement agencies regarding similar smash-and-grabs in Burns Harbor, unincorporated Porter County, Merrillville, Hobart, and Griffith. Cincoski also reported that a smash-and-grab was committed on Friday, June 7, at the Marathon One Stop at 400 S. Calumet Road in Chesterton, where a suspect broke a window on the north side of the business, then removed “numerous cartons of cigarettes and cases of beer.”

“The Chesterton Police Department gratefully thanks the Porter Police Department and Michigan City Police Department for assistance in the incident on June 8,” Cincoski said.

 

 

Posted 6/11/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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