Man accused of stealing Indiana Family Dollar at knife threat: Federal government
A man from east Chicago has been charged with stabbing a Family Dollar store at knife threat last week in northwest Indiana.
Ryan Smith, 56, is charged with one count of robbery for the September 22 hold-up at 130 W. Ridge Road store in Griffith, according to a criminal complaint filed in US District Court.
Federal officials issued a warning last week that Smith was suspected of multiple thefts and should be considered “armed and dangerous”, according to Indianapolis FBI spokeswoman Chris Bavender. He was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in East Chicago.
Smith walked into the Family Dollar shortly before 7 p.m. and handed an employee a note saying he was committing theft, according to court documents and the FBI. He held a “big knife” against the abdomen of an employee while ordering her to open a cash register, from which he took approximately $ 190.
“Prosecuting violent crime is one of my top priorities,” said Thomas L. Kirsch, US attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, in a statement. “My office, as well as our law enforcement partners, including the FBI, have a firm and continued commitment to investigate and prosecute acts of violence such as those alleged in today’s charges. “
Surveillance video showed Smith was leaving the store and getting into a black Chevrolet Impala, federal prosecutors said. Investigators identified Smith as the suspect by comparing the video to his photo on file with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Smith is also suspected of handing over a note and implying that he had a gun during a theft at 11:31 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Briar East Liquors in Hammond, according to the FBI. He was also allegedly armed with a knife during the robbery.
Earlier today, Smith allegedly used a note and implied he had a gun at 12:36 p.m. to rob Boost Mobile, 2741 169th St. in Hammond, according to the FBI.
Surveillance videos from both stores appeared to show Smith committing the thefts, court documents show.
Smith is also suspected of robbing an Allied Cash Advance payday lender with a knife around 11:30 p.m. on September 25 at 4802 Indianapolis Blvd. in East Chicago, the FBI said.