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Gas Station Robber Arrested After Getaway Car Ran out of Gas, Deputies Say


An alleged robber made life easy for investigators when his getaway car ran out of gas after he held up a gas station, authorities said. The LaPorte Sheriff’s Department told the The Times of Northwest Indiana that 33-year-old Sean Harris walked into a BP in LaCross, Indiana late Wednesday. Harris approached the store clerk, and implied he had a gun, deputies said. He allegedly drove off with food, beverage items, and cigarettes. Deputies said he displayed no weapon nor took any cash.

It wasn’t much of a manhunt. While searching for Harris, Indiana State Police said they discovered his car stopped along State Road 8 in Starke County. A local sheriff’s deputy also participated in the arrest. Police said Harris’ car ran out of gas, and the suspect had a blood alcohol level higher than the legal limit to drive.

Harris, who was booked into LaPorte County Jail on Thursday, faces one count of robbery, a level 5 felony in Indiana. If convicted, he faces between 1 and 6 years in prison. Jail records obtained by LawNewz did not specify if he had an attorney.

[Mugshot via LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office]

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