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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.

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.

Violent 26 hours yields 7 separate shootings in Indianapolis

Shootings are not uncommon in Indianapolis, but the past Monday and Tuesday produced an uncommon streak. In the span of just 26 hours, there were seven separate shooting incidents in the city. Two of the victims of those shootings died. Police are just beginning their investigations of these crimes, but the incidents do not appear to be related to one another.

Two men steal at least $500,000 in Brinks Truck heist

Thefts of large amounts of cash appear to becoming less frequent. Stealing drugs is at least as efficient as stealing cash, not least because drugs usually weigh substantially less than their worth in cash. This trend may have been temporarily reversed by two men who are believed to have stolen more than $500,000 from a Brink's Security armored truck in Hammond, Indiana. Local police are calling the theft the "biggest robbery the city has ever seen."

Man allegedly killed his friend in Indianapolis

Most murders investigated by Indianapolis police involve anger or hostility between two people. Rarely do murder investigations focus on long-standing friendships. An exception was reported by Indianapolis police, who arrested a man suspected of shooting and killing his longtime friend.

Aborted marijuana deal leads to attempted murder charge

Drug deals and firearms can be a dangerous combination. On March 29, a young Indianapolis man suffered a gunshot wound to his eye in what appears to be a drug-related shooting. However, despite the seriousness of his wounds, the victim was able to provide police with the name of the suspected shooter, who was apprehended a few days later and now faces serious criminal charges.

Death of bail bond agent shows dangers of the job

Virtually every jail in the country, including the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis, is the de facto office for bail bond agents. While these agents deal almost exclusively with criminal defendants, their line of work is not considered especially dangerous. That perception may change after the shooting death of an Indianapolis bail bond agent at a funeral last week.

Man facing gun charges after shooting ruled as self-defense

Self-defense is frequently asserted when one individual shoots another. A recent homicide in Indianapolis demonstrates that even when this argument succeeds, the person who pulled the trigger may face other criminal charges. The first homicide of 2018 in Lawrence, Indiana, has been ruled self-defense, but the shooter is now facing another criminal charge based upon his criminal history.

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