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Gary man charged with robbery of First State Bank of Porter

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A Gary man has been charged in federal court with the Nov. 24 armed robbery of the Chesterton branch of the First State Bank of Porter on North Calumet Road.

Daryll Shontel Coleman, 29, was indicted on Thursday on two counts of bank robbery, the first in connection with the Nov. 2 robbery of the Portage branch of Horizon Bank, the second in connection with the First State Bank of Porter job, according to documents filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana.

Det. Sgt. Chunk Rinker of the Chesterton Police Department told the Chesterton Tribune after deadline on Friday that “footwear matching is a component in the investigation.” Rinker also said that he collected several DNA samples from contact surfaces which the bank robber is known to have touched, including the note he presented to a bank teller. Those samples have been forwarded to the Indiana State Police crime lab for testing, he added.

The Chesterton robbery occurred at 10:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, when a man entered the bank, conversed briefly with an employee, then displayed a weapon and presented a note. He fled the bank, apparently on foot, in a southwest direction, with an undisclosed sum of money.

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 6’ 0’’ in height with a thin to medium build, dressed in dark trousers, a navy parka coat, and a beanie-type hat with “CAVS” on it.


Posted 12/21/2015




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