Gary City Vehicle Stolen, Recovered Same Day
March 26, 2014 – A City of Gary building inspector was robbed and his vehicle stolen while on the job Tuesday. Gary Police Department spokesperson Gabrielle King reports that around 11:25am, the 53 year old man was inside a city owned 2011 Ford Escape in the 4100 block of Washington Street when he was approached by two subjects. One of the subjects then pointed a gun at the city worker and ordered him out of the car. The men also went through the worker’s pockets looking for money before fleeing east on 41st Avenue. King says around 3:15pm, a police officer spotted the vehicle near 37th and Washington Street occupied by four males. As the officer awaited backup, the men realized the police car was behind them and fled on foot. All four were caught and arrested. The men, ranging in age from 23 to 14 years old, each face charges including carjacking, robbery, and resisting arrest. Assisting in the arrests were Gary Police Patrol Officers, Gary Police Narcotics Officers, and members of the Top 200 Fugitive Apprehension Team. According to King, the Top 200 Team officers are assigned to the patrol division but also track and monitor the city’s most violent offenders.
Tuesday evening, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman–Wilson issued the following statement regarding the incident:
“Today’s carjacking incident involving city employee Kenneth Jenkins is certainly unfortunate. His safety is our main concern, and we are happy to report that he was not harmed. I applaud the efforts of the Gary Police Department’s Patrol and Narcotics Divisions who worked alongside Top 200 officers to apprehend the three suspects only hours after the crime had been committed. Let this be a message to would-be criminals in our city that we take every case seriously, and we will find you.”