The Verizon store
at 705 Plaza Drive was robbed at gunpoint on Monday by three men who first
herded employees and customers into a back room and restrained them there,
the Chesterton Police Department said.
No one was hurt in
the incident, the CPD said. “Other than being escorted to a back room and
restrained, no customers or employees were physically injured and employees
were able to remove the restraints and contact law enforcement.”
occurred around midday, when a trio of male subjects entered the Verizon
Store and began apparently to browse the merchandise and engage employees
“in product questions while other customers were in the store.”
One of the subjects
then displayed a handgun and instructed customers and employees to raise
their hands. “All personnel present were taken to a back room and physically
restrained,” the CPD said.
The CPD did not say
how many customers and employees were in the store at the time and in what
manner they were restrained.
The three subjects
“then proceeded to gather store equipment, a customer’s purse, and
undisclosed contents of the store safe before leaving the store by the back
door,” the CPD said.
The three were
observed placing the stolen items in the rear of a dark-colored, late-model
Jeep or Dodge SUV with a white sticker in the rear window and driven by a
fourth man. The SUV was last seen fleeing the scene southbound on Plaza
The four suspects
were all described as black males. Two were described as being in their mid
to late twenties, 5’ 7’’ to 5’ 10’’ in height, and wearing jeans, one of
them dressed in a white shirt and tennis shoes, the other in a striped shirt
and hiking boots. There was no description of the third robber and none
either of the driver of the SUV.
“The incident is
being actively investigated and further information will be released as it
becomes available,” Police Chief Dave Cincoski said. “The Chesterton Police
Department was assisted by the Porter Police Department.”
information on the robbery is urged to contact the CPD and ask to speak to
an investigator with the Duneland Metro Investigations Division at (219)