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.
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.
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.
admitted committing the robbery in an interview with Det. Keith Perez,