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Valparaiso Police say truck photos lead to robbery suspect arrest

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A suspect has been charged in the Jan. 3 robbery of Porter-Starke Services, after a newspaper reader recognized photos released by the Valparaiso Police Department of an unusual Mazda pickup truck witnessed in the area during the robbery.

Raymond Pittman, 37, of Michigan City, was arrested Friday on a charge of robbery, a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20 years.

Pittman was being held at the Porter County Jail.

According to police, on Jan. 22 the VPD released to the media photographs of a “very unique” late model Mazda B series extended pickup truck seen in the vicinity of Porter-Starke at the time of the robbery. The pickup, believed to have been manufactured between 1989 and 1992, was black or dark blue in color with a graphic design or pin striping on the doors, equipped with aftermarket rims and tires.

“Upon releasing the photos, police received information of a possible owner of the truck,” police said. Det. Jeff Balon and Lt. John Ross subsequently investigated those tips, identified Pittman as a possible suspect in the robbery, and served a search warrant at Pittman’s residence, where they recovered “items used in the crime,” police said.

Pittman later admitted committing the robbery in an interview with Det. Keith Perez, police said.



Posted 1/28/2014