The Simply Mac
store at 2710 LaPorte Ave was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday, for the second
time in two weeks, Valparaiso Police said.
police, shortly before 7:35 p.m. four male subjects--one of them confirmed
to have been armed--entered the store, accompanied by a female subject who
had been in the store by herself earlier in the evening. After confronting
and disarming a security guard, the five herded all employees into a back
room and there restrained them.
They then took
merchandise with a total estimated value of $70,000, police said.
The two robberies,
the first occurring on Saturday, Dec. 10, are believed to be connected,
Two of the suspects
were described as black males between 20 and 30, each carrying a duffel bag.
One of them was approximately 6’ 5’’ in height and 210 pounds in weight with
an average build and short braided hair; the other, approximately 5'9" and
Simply Mac is
offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and
conviction of the persons responsible.
The two Simply Mac
armed robberies resemble the armed robbery around noon on Monday, Nov. 15,
of the Verizon store at 705 Plaza Drive in Chesterton. In that incident
three men escorted employees and customers to a rear room at gunpoint, then
restrained them, before leaving with merchandise, the contents of the store
safe, and a customer’s purse.
information about the suspects or the robbery of the Simply Mac are being
urged to contact VPD Det. Andrew McIntyre at (219) 462-2135 or text a Tip to
TIP411 (847-411) and enter “Valpo” in the message field before sending the