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VPD would like to speak to citizens who apprehend Aldi's robber on Friday

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Citizens arrest at Aldi's Friday                 (Photo provided)


The Aldi Foods at 2906 LaPorte Ave. was robbed on Friday by a man who implied possession of a firearm, Valparaiso Police said.

According to police, at 7:20 p.m. a male subject identified as Thomas Powell, 36, of Hebron, entered the store with a mask on his face, approached a cashier, and demanded money. Powell implied “he had a weapon in his pocket while demanding the money,” police said.

No sooner did Powell obtain an undisclosed amount of currency, however, than he was “immediately physically restrained by a customer,” at which time additional customers “assisted and held the subject on the floor until police arrived,” police said.

Responding officers arrived on the scene to find “five or six individuals holding a male subject on the floor,” police said.

Powell was taken into custody and charged with robbery, and all money was recovered.

Meanwhile, the VPD continues to investigate the incident and released this statement on Sunday: “Police are seeking information regarding the Aldi’s robbery on Friday evening. If you assisted with the apprehension of the subject in the store on Friday evening, police would like to thank you and speak with you. Individuals involved were witness to a robbery and police would like an explanation of the incident from as many witnesses as possible.”

The VPD also released a photograph from the scene. “If you are in this photo please contact Det. Tom Horn of the Valparaiso Police Department at (219) 462-2135.”



Posted 10/9/2017




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