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Police Arrest Three Subjects in Connection with CVS Pharmacy Robbery

Valparaiso Police have arrested three suspects in connection with the CVS Pharmacy robbery from earlier in the week.

Early Saturday morning (3:30 a.m. 2/13/16) the Valparaiso Police received a call of a reckless driver, driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of US 30. Officers responded and located the vehicle at the intersection of Washington St and Morthland Ave (U.S. 30). The vehicle had correctly changed lanes and was t...raveling in the proper lane when police located the vehicle. Officer Kobitka began observing the vehicle and witnessed the vehicle make erratic lane movements. The vehicle was stopped near the intersection of Linwood and Morthland Ave.

Officer Jason Hamilton arrived to assist on the traffic stop and the driver was identified as Stefannie Lockhard 25 yrs old of Rensselaer. A computer check discovered Lockhard’s driver’s license was suspended. The vehicle was occupied with two other subjects and they were identified as Nicole Cooper 22 yrs old of Rensselaer and the vehicle owner, John Meister 34 yrs old of Galveston Indiana.

While Officer Hamilton was speaking with the passengers he observed clothing in the vehicle that matched the description of the clothing worn in the CVS robbery. Combining that with two females and a male with similar physical characteristics observed in surveillance video police began to investigate further.

Detectives responded and began to interview the three subjects and eventually all three admitted to their involvement in the robbery at CVS. Police obtained search warrants for their vehicle and a motel room in Merrillville. Police recovered a large quantity of OxyContin.

All three were arrested and charged with Robbery (Felony Level 3) and Theft (Felony Leve 6). Additional charges are likely and police continue to investigate. All three are being held at the Porter County Jail.


Community Scam Alert

The Valparaiso Police have received numerous calls regarding individuals claiming to be from the federal government, many times either the FBI or the IRS. Individuals receive a phone call and the caller claims to be from a federal agencies informing them they have a warrant for their arrest or likely a warrant will be issued soon. The caller then explains, to void the warrant they need to pay a particular dollar amount and failure to pay the amount will result in their arrest.

These type of calls are scams. If an individual has a warrant for their arrest an officer will visit you and serve the warrant (many times will have the warrant in hand). The federal government will not call you and threaten to arrest you if you do not pay a particular dollar amount. Scam Alert!

Another recent scam occurred when a subject called and informed the caller that their grandson had been arrested out of state and they needed to send bond money for him. Always talk with family members or friends (to confirm the incident) prior to sending money. 

Beware of these types of scams that attempt to steal your money. If you have doubts, and it doesn’t sound correct, it likely is not correct and likely a scam. You can always call the organization back at a later time to confirm the information provided, after looking up the correct telephone number of the organization.


Follow the Valparaiso Police on Twitter @ Valparaisopd

The Valparaiso Police starting today, Monday November 17th will be providing information through twitter for individuals wishing to sign-up and following the Valparaiso Police Department on Twitter. 

Information being tweeted out from the Valparaiso Police Department will typically be public safety or general information  regarding an ongoing situation/incident when immediate information is needed to be provided  to the general public, for example-road closures due to a crash or police incident scene. 

Twitter will be just another source of information available to the general public. The Valparaiso Police Department will continue to use their website, Facebook page, Tip411 Alerts, Youtube and through their email notification system to distribute community information.