Man turns in own brother in Schererville ATM robberies

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A man turned in his own brother for a hold-up at a northwest Indiana ATM after seeing his picture on ABC7 Eyewitness News. (WLS)

A man turned in his own brother for a hold-up at a northwest Indiana ATM after seeing his picture on ABC7 Eyewitness News.

For nearly a week, a robbery at an ATM in Schererville, Ind., had gone unsolved until a story about the crime was broadcast on ABC7.

The next day, police arrested Kyle Holmes, 25. He was brought into custody with the help of his relatives, who saw the report and recognized clothing the suspect used to disguise himself.

"Some family members of Mr. Holmes recognized him and gave us the information of who and where he was," said Det. Timothy Mele, Schererville Police Dept.

Schererville police said it was January 15 when Holmes first tried to rob a woman unsuccessfully at a Chase Bank ATM. Then, minutes later, police said he targeted a 53-year-old man using the ATM at First Financial Bank across the street. They say Holmes approached with a gun drawn and ordered the victim to withdraw cash.
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A northwest Indiana man was about to withdraw cash from an ATM when a thief approached him from behind.


ABC7 reported on the crime five days later, showing images from the ATM's surveillance camera. The suspects' clothing caught the eye of Holmes' family.

"The handgun in particular, the bandana, the jacket and then the vehicle that was used also," Mele said.

Police said Holmes' brother told them that the suspect is suffering from heroin addiction and that he was worried for his safety. Police said the suspect had drug paraphernalia on him when he was arrested.

Police said Holmes' family helped them track him down the next day and he was arrested in the parking lot of a Schererville restaurant. He is still in custody.

"I'm glad he was taken off the streets so nobody else gets robbed and hopefully he gets the help he needs," Mele said.

Holmes is charged with armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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