INDIANAPOLIS — Three men are facing charges stemming from a robbery spree around Indianapolis dating back to at least August, police said.
According to a report from Indianapolis Metro Police, the three men are suspected of being involved in 15 robberies beginning Aug. 16 at Thornton's, 7425 E. Washington Road, and culminating on Friday with a robbery at Auto Zone, 5455 N. Keystone Ave.
Indy Metro Police received information about a possible armed robbery in progress on Friday at the Auto Zone on North Keystone Ave. Officers surrounded the building and the three suspects came out a short time later wearing clothing that concealed their faces. When confronted by officers, two of the suspects turned toward officers and allegedly were armed with handguns.
Police said one officer fired two shots at the suspects, though no one was shot. One of the suspects got in a car and fled but crashed at 55th and Oxford streets after a short vehicle pursuit the suspect was arrested.
Police said the trio are allegedly responsible for the following robberies:
• Thornton's, 7425 E. Washington St., Aug. 16
• Steak N Shake, 2403 N. Post Road, Aug. 21
• Speedway, 1590 N. Post Road, Aug. 27
• Village Pantry, 1415 W. 86th St., Aug. 28
• Speedway, 965 N. German Church Road, Sept. 4
• Penn Station, 1004 N. Shadeland Ave., Sept. 11
• Speedway, 11531 E. Washington St., Sept. 12
• CVS, 7240 E. 82nd St., Sept. 19
• Liquor Unlimited, 10030 E. 10th St., Oct. 1
• Auto Zone, 1170 N.Arlington Ave., Oct. 8
• Auto Zone, 2739 E. 38th St., Oct. 16
• Steak N Shake, 7930 E. Washington St., Oct. 22
• Auto Zone, 11120 E. Washington St., Oct. 24
• Auto Zone, 8702 E. Washington St., Oct. 24
• Auto Zone, 5455 N. Keystone Ave., Nov. 9
Police said James Bess, 28, has been charged with six counts of armed robber,; Tony Hamilton, 27, has been charged with one count of armed robbery, and George Taylor Jr., 30, has been charged with 15 counts of armed robbery.
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