Crime and Safety Report: February 18-24 Edition

| February 18, 2015
Fort Wayne police are seeking information on this man who might possible be connected with a series of thefts at local Lowe's stores.

Fort Wayne police are seeking information on this man who might possible be connected with a series of thefts at local Lowe’s stores.

Identity of theft suspect sought

FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department is in need of assistance in identifying the suspect captured in the attached surveillance photograph who has been stealing from Lowe’s and possibly other retailers in Fort Wayne.

According to a police reports, officers were called to the Lowe’s stores at Illinois Road and at Lima Road to investigate thefts on three different occasions.

On December 13, 2014, an officer was called to the Illinois Road store to investigate the theft of a Dewalt Combo Kit valued at $299.

On Dec. 17, 2014, officers investigated the theft of another Dewalt Combo Kit on Lima Road and again on Dec. 22 to investigate the theft of another Dewalt Combo Kit and a Husqvarna chainsaw valued at $399.

This suspect has been described as a male white, 5’10-6’01 tall, 170-210 lbs., approximately 40 and driving a silver Buick.

Anyone with information as to the identity of this suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP, (436-7867).

Officers arrest five after serving narcotics warrant

FORT WAYNE—Just before 6 p.m. on Feb. 11, officers of the FWPD Emergency Services Team and Detectives of the FWPD Vice and Narcotics Division served a narcotics related search warrant in the 2100 block of Riedmiller Avenue.

The following individuals were arrested in connection with this investigation:

• Wilfredo Rivera, 36, on two charges of dealing cocaine or a narcotics drug (heroin); possession of cocaine; possession of paraphernalia, and maintaining a common nuisance.

• Natasha Rivera, 23, on charges of possession of cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance.

• Norman Lee Newell-Hough, 25, on charges of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

• Luke Audritsh, 36, on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia; visiting a common nuisance,

• Cynthia Firestine, 21, on charges of possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.

A dog was removed from the residence by Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control.

First Source Bank robbed

Bank Robbery Investigation

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 6:43 a.m., Feb. 12, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to 7821 Carnegie Blvd., First Source Bank, in reference to a reported bank robbery.

Initial reports indicate several armed subjects approached a bank employee and demanded money. A physical description of the suspects is not available at this time.  The suspects fled the scene eastbound on Illinois Road in a white colored vehicle with an undisclosed amount of money.

There were no customers inside the bank at the time of the robbery and no injuries were reported.

Crime Scene Technicians processed the scene for potential evidence.

Investigators reviewed video surveillance from the bank and nearby businesses.

Nearby schools were placed on a precautionary “lock-down” status at approximately 7:01 a.m. and the “lock-down” status was released at 8:20 a.m.

Investigators are requesting anyone that was in the area of the First Source Bank that morning between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. and observed any suspicious vehicles or activity to contact the Fort Wayne Police Department at (260) 427-1201 or the local FBI office (260) 426-5331.

This incident remains under investigation by the Northeast Indiana Bank Robbery Task Force.  This task force is composed of investigators with the City of Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Police Department, the Indiana State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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