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.
The man was apprehended after a witness at one of the stores had the presence of mind to write down the license number of the suspect's car. Police also allege that they searched the man's car after his arrest and found clothing that matched the clothing worn during each of the crimes. The suspect has a lengthy criminal history, including driving after his license had been permanently revoked. Police say they are investigating the possibility of connecting the suspect to other robberies.
Police did not disclose the amounts that were stolen, but the defendant is nevertheless facing potentially serious criminal charges. Anyone facing similar charges may want to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney for an analysis of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an acquittal.