Indianapolis Criminal Defense Law Blog

Arrest ends crime streak of 8 robberies in 7 days

Sports fans are accustomed to following streaks -- base hits in a row, consecutive 3-point baskets, completed passes and the like. Crime streaks do not usually generate the same popular attention, but they nevertheless generate headlines. A recent streak of robberies in Indianapolis was ended with the arrest of a suspect, but the numbers are impressive.

The first of the robberies occurred in late June, and the streak continued for seven days. The suspect was arrested at a gas station just minutes after police allege that he robbed his eighth business. The businesses that were robbed include a Kroger grocery store, Family Dollar Store, Quality Inn, U-Haul rental, CVS store, Motel 6, an ice cream shop and a La Quinta Inn. The suspect is alleged to have use essentially the same method in each robbery. He handed the attendant a note that said: "Give me the money. I don't want to kill you." The suspect is alleged to have grabbed and emptied the cash drawer. He assaulted some of the clerks by beating them with the cash drawer.

Using study drugs could lead to a prescription drug charge

Going to college may have been an event that both you and your child looked forward to for many years. You felt that he or she was ready to strike out and have new experiences while also getting a quality education. Of course, just as any parent would, you also worried about some of the temptations that college campuses can present, particularly when it comes to drugs.

While you may not have worried about your child trying hard or illegal substances like cocaine or heroin, you may still have worried that the pressures of school and social life could catch up to your child. The unfortunate reality is that many students partake in "study drugs" due to believing that certain substances will help them study longer and remain more focused.

IMPD seizes $750K of suspected heroin and methamphetamines

Police departments do not usually keep track of the relative sizes of their drug busts, but two drug busts that occurred in Indianapolis on July 3 caused an officer of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to describe the seizures as a "once-in-a-career" case. The amount of contraband that was taken into custody appears to be just as remarkable as the nature of the investigation that led to the seizure.

The IMPD began its investigation in March with uniformed officers working on beat patrols. IMPD Chief Bryan Roach said that beat patrols provide a more effective method of staying in touch with the residents of a neighborhood and with events in the neighborhood. According to the chief, beat officers are able to focus more closely on individual neighborhoods and to develop detailed knowledge of individual communities.

Feds arrest and charge HS track coach with child exploitation

High school coaches often possess unique authority over the kids that they coach. The kids are becoming sexually aware, while the coaches are viewed as possessors of absolute authority. Unfortunately, these relationships provide many opportunities for sexual abuse, as was demonstrated again by the arrest of a track coach at a suburban Indianapolis high school.

In January, a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office to a social media account owned by an assistant track coach at Attica High School. According to a press release from the sheriff, deputies used the results of this surveillance to obtain a search warrant for the suspect's social media accounts. Deputies allege that they found more than 16,000 images and 500 video files, most of which contained child pornography.

Straw purchasers accused of buying guns that killed two officers

The lawful purchase of a gun in Indiana requires the buyer to provide personal and financial information to the seller. The law is intended to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Unfortunately, a number of guns have been purchased by persons who provided the required information, but then gave or sold the gun to persons who used the weapon to commit a crime. Indianapolis prosecutors recently revealed that two such guns were used in the unrelated murders of two police officers.

The guns that were used in the two homicides have been traced to a resident of Indianapolis and two residents of Terre Haute. The three are accused of providing false information to facilitate the purchase of the weapons from registered gun dealers in Indiana. Prosecutors allege that the three weapons were either sold or given to the persons who were involved in the murders of the policemen.

A criminal conviction is not the end of the road

You fought the good fight and ended up being convicted in an Indiana criminal court anyway. Now you are wondering what's next. Is your case over? Believe it or not, a criminal conviction may not be the end of the road for you.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may have the right to appeal. Under what circumstances can someone file to appeal a criminal conviction? How does one go about doing it?

Federal investigation leads to charges related to gun purchases

Gun crimes are a hot topic in the nationwide news these days, and the Indianapolis area is no exception. Sometimes, there is more to an alleged crime than just the act of violence. In some cases, federal investigators will track down a gun's origin. These types of investigations are closer to the investigation of a white collar crime than a crime of violence.

In fact, just such an investigation occurred in the local area. Federal investigators attempted to track down the purchasers of guns used in incidents that involved the shooting deaths of two police officers in Indiana. According to a recent report, federal charges have been filed against three individuals for being alleged "straw men" for gun purchases.

IMPD and Kansas police cooperate in large drug bust

This blog has previously noted the frequency drugs are delivered to dealers in our state for distribution to small-time sellers of street drugs. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and the Kansas state police recently joined forces to intercept a large shipment of drugs.

The bust began when Kansas police stopped a vehicle bound for our stae and found that it was carrying marijuana. Kansas police allowed the vehicle to proceed, but they notified the IMPD that the car was scheduled to arrive on a specified date.

Indianapolis police sergeant charged with official misconduct

Several auto salvage businesses in our state purchase wrecked automobiles, make certain repairs, obtain a salvage title for the cars and sell them to the public. Obtaining a salvage title though, requires the signature of an Indianapolis police officer on a form that certifies that the officer has inspected the major components of the vehicle, confirmed that necessary repairs were made and verified ownership of these parts. But, an Indianapolis police officer has recently been charged with a white collar crime for attempting to subvert this process for his own financial advantage.

The sergeant who allegedly committed this crime has been accused of working with an auto salvage dealer on the south side of Indianapolis. The dealer purchased wrecked automobiles and applied for salvage titles for them without performing the necessary repairs. Court documents filed in connection with the officer's arrest said that the dealer arranged to have the officer sign the certificates without inspecting the vehicles. The officer was paid $100 to $150 per vehicle for abetting the scheme.

Drug swindle blamed for two shootings in Gary

The buying and selling of drugs often lead to other crimes, such as assault, theft and murder. Occasionally, a drug transaction will result in fraud, as allegedly happened in connection with the shooting of two men in Gary, Indiana.

According to officers of the Lake County Sheriff's Department High Crimes Unit, two men were the target of gunfire in front of a dollar store in the morning of May 22. The two men ran, and no injuries were suffered. The alleged shooter walked away from the scene.

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