Arrest made in connection to gas station burglaries

Coffey L. Erodney

La PORTE — An arrest has been made in relation to two “smash and grab” gas station burglaries which occurred on Tuesday.

Erodney L. Coffey, 41, of Gary, now faces one count of Level 5 burglary and one count of Level 5 attempted burglary on top of an unrelated traffic offense which led to his arrest.

According to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were dispatched to the Family Express Gas Station located at CR-500W and Ind. 2 at 11:58 p.m. in reference to a burglar alarm. Upon arrival, deputies determined entry had been made into the store and numerous cartons of cigarettes were stolen.

A suspect description was collected upon reviewing security footage.

Shortly after deputies responded to the first incident, the sheriff’s department and the Westville Police Department were dispatched to A&A gas station located at Ind. 2 and U.S. 421 in Westville for an active alarm. No entry was made into the business, but deputies once again reviewed the security footage and determined the suspect matched the suspect from the Family Express burglary.

The suspect was located quickly thereafter in the town of Wanatah. Evidence was observed linking Coffey to the two burglaries in the vehicle, but Coffey was arrested for a traffic offense.

On Thursday, detectives testified in La Porte County Circuit Court and received warrants for the additional burglary charges which were served to Coffey, who currently is in La Porte County Jail.

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