Valparaiso Simply Mac robbed twice in 2 weeks; $5,000 reward offered

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Monday, December 19, 2016

VALPARAISO, Ind. (WLS) -- A store that sells Apple products in Valparaiso, Ind., was robbed Saturday for the second time in two weeks. Investigators said the two robberies are connected. A $5,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest.

Officers were notified around 7:35 p.m. of the holdup at the Simply Mac store located at 2710 LaPorte Avenue.

Police said four male suspects in masks - one armed - and a female suspect had walked into the store and disarmed a security guard. Then they took all the employees to a back room and restrained them, police said.

The robbers took several items from the store, which police said are worth about $70,000. Investigators did not release details on whether anyone was injured in the incident.

Police said the female suspect had entered the store and left before coming back inside with the group. Surveillance photos show she was wearing a black jacket that had the brand "Pelle Pelle" written on the back.

Simply Mac offered the $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the armed robbery.

Anyone who recognizes any of the suspects or has information pertinent to the investigation should call Valparaiso police at 219-462-2135 or submit a tip via Tip411 (847-411) with "Valpo" as the first word of the message.