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Man charged with robbing Gary auto part store

Richard D. Smith | Gary police

A man has been charged with robbing a northwest Indiana auto part store at gunpoint in December.

Four people, including 21-year-old Richard D. Smith, robbed the Advance Auto Parts store in the 2200 block of Grant Street in Gary, Ind., at gunpoint on Dec. 22, according to a statement from Gary police. They took the drawers from the cash registers and ran away.

Smith, who lives in Hammond, Ind., is charged with armed robbery and criminal confinement, police said. He has been taken into custody, but the identity of the other suspects – who were wearing masks – remains unknown.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the other suspects is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Daniel Callahan at (219) 881-1210 or the Crime Tip Line at (866) CRIME-GP.