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  1. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    Jun 9, 2004
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    Visclosky robbed outside grocery store
    Sunday, December 16, 2007 12:05 AM CST

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    MERRILLVILLE | Police are looking for a man who robbed U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky on Friday night outside a local supermarket.

    "It was terrifying," the 11-term Democratic congressman from Merrillville said Saturday while describing the strong-arm robbery, which he said probably lasted less than a minute.

    Visclosky said he doesn't think his assailant knew him because a witness said the suspect had been hanging around the store for a while. "I think I was just a target of opportunity."

    Visclosky said the robbery happened shortly after 9 p.m. as he was walking alone with groceries to his car, which was parked outside the south Merrillville market.

    "I was putting my grocery bag on the back seat when I was grabbed from behind. I never saw it coming. He told me to 'Give it up.' twice. I thought it was going to be a carjacking."

    He said the man, who he described as black and "shorter than me" demanded Visclosky's wallet and keys. "He said, 'Don't move.' He ran off around the north side of the building. He may have had somebody waiting with a car."

    Visclosky said the robber escaped with about $10 in cash, plus his credit cards, which have been cancelled. He said his keys were found in the parking lot.

    Visclosky praised town police as responding with speed and professionalism. He said they used a police dog to try to track the suspect.

    Town Council President Sean Pettit said Saturday police are doing everything to catch the man. "It's an unfortunate situation that happens about this time of year because of the holiday."

    Town Councilman Richard Hardaway said Saturday, "I'm appalled anyone would approach the congressman to rob him." Hardaway said he and family members shop at the store themselves.

    "It is unfortunate that there were no cameras out there to catch this man on video. Maybe this will prompt the businesses to install cameras," Hardaway said.

    Assistant Police Chief Joe Petruch and Police Operations Cmdr. Lance Huish couldn't be reached Saturday afternoon for comment.

    There were 27 robberies last year in Merrillville, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report. The annual total has varied between 18 and 41 between 1997 and 2006.

    What happened
    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, a Democrat who lives in Merrillville, was robbed about 9 p.m. Friday outside a south Merrillville grocery store as he was putting his groceries in his car. He was not injured. The robber got away with $10 cash, credit cards and the congressman's keys. The credit cards have been cancelled and the keys were found. Police are looking for the robber.
  2. idleprocess

    idleprocess Bring a dollar with you baby in the cold cold grou

    Nov 15, 2006
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    "world-class" to the brim Dallas
    One wonders how quickly they would have reacted if a regular citizen were robbed?

    Clearly, that's the solution! For the business to absorb thousands of dollars in costs to deter street crime! We'll ignore the fact that CCTV footage doesn't stand up in court all that well anymore even if it manages to produce a useful image of the suspect.
  3. MTech

    MTech New Member

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  4. mikeflys1

    mikeflys1 Active Member

    Feb 26, 2004
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    Loading groceries into your car in the dark should be banned. Obviously if he wasnt doing that the robbery never would have happened.

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