Two Elkhart robberies over the weekend may be related, police say

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

Police are searching for suspects in two robberies in Elkhart that police believe may be related.

The first robbery was reported at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at a home in the 1500 block of Bower Street, according to a news release from Sgt. Chris Snyder with the Elkhart Police Department.

Three men armed with handguns entered the home and tied up two people who were inside, injuring them. Five other people who were inside the home were held at gunpoint while the suspects ransacked the home and stole items, according to the news release. The suspects then ran from the home.

The suspects were described as black men ages 25 to 30 years old. Two men about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds. The third man was about 5 feet 11 inches tall. All three men wore dark clothing that covered their faces, according to the news release. 

Police believe the robbery is connected to a robbery reported at 1:36 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, in the 600 block of Hiawatha Drive.

A woman was returning home when she was approached by three men armed with guns who then tried to force their way inside the home, according to the news release. A man who came to the door was shot in the neck and the suspects tied the woman up inside the home.

The suspects then rifled through the home, stole items and fled the area.

The victim who was shot is being treated at Elkhart General Hospital. The woman was not injured.

The suspects in that robbery are described as three black men wearing dark clothing that covered their faces, according tot he news release. Two men were described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and one man was described as 5 feet 5 inches tall.

Police believe the robberies are related and the homes were targeted. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the Elkhart Police Department at 574-295-7070 or the Tip Line at 574-389-4777.