July 19, 2017-A string of armed robberies in the City of Hammond continued last night as police responded to the Family Dollar, 6933 Indianapolis Boulevard at approximately 9:00 p.m. The incident comes after Police Chief John Doughty urged residents to “stay alert and stay safe” after a pair of violent carjackings in the City. (See http://nwigazette.com/2017/07/18/hammond-police-issue-safety-alert-after-armed-robberies/) The incident was confirmed through official Hammond Police reports, but police have not yet issued a statement.
According to information derived from the scanner, Hammond Police responded to 6933 Indianapolis Boulevard after a report of a robbery just before 9:00 p.m. on July 18. Upon arrival, officers learned that two black males had taken the entire cash register from the location. The type of weapon used was not disclosed, but officers immediately began searching the area for a vehicle that fled southbound on Indianapolis Boulevard. At 9:05 p.m. an alert was sent to other departments in the area advising them to be on the lookout even though a vehicle description was not obtained. Officers could be heard discussing stolen vehicles, including the vehicle stolen in the earlier carjacking incident at Horseshoe Casino.
Anyone with information on the incident should contact Hammond Detectives at (219)852-2906.