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This Associated Press photo shows a man making a transaction at an ATM.


Jeanette Lach



GARY – Authorities are investigating a number of robberies that took place at ATMs in the area this summer.

The raids took place at various ATM locations between mid-June and July, Lt. Thomas Pawlak of Gary Police Department.

At around 1 a.m. on June 16, police reportedly responded to Chase Bank at 647 Lake Street. A 54-year-old man told police he went to the ATM to make a deposit but was approached by an armed man.

The man held a handgun and demanded cash from the victim, who stuck to it and made a withdrawal at the ATM, the report said. The suspect escaped from the area and the victim called 911.

At around 9:18 p.m. on June 21, another victim said he was at the Chase Bank ATM at 505 Adams Street, according to Gary Police Department records. The victim told police that after inserting his bank card into the machine, he saw lightning and heard two gunshots.

The man drove to safety and called the police. The next day he found out that he had left his bank card in the machine and that the card was being used for an unauthorized transaction, the police reported.

Pawlak said police are investigating other similar reports of suspects stealing money from people who have transacted at ATMs. One happened at BMO Harris Bank on Fifth Avenue and Ridge Road and the other at Fifth-Third Bank on 51st Avenue and Broadway, he said.

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