IMPD worries GameStop robberies will continue

Police investigate a GameStop robbery on Aug. 19, 2014. (WISH Photo/Shawn Pierce)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thieves set their sights on a popular video game store chain and police say this could be just the beginning.

There have been seven robberies at GameStop stores around Indianapolis in the past year.

The most recent was this weekend when an IMPD officer shot and killed one of the suspects outside the location at 3778 S. East Street. That location was where the first robbery happened in November, 2013.

Two months later, police chased suspects in a car along I-70. They were suspected of robbing the GameStop off East Washington Street earlier that day. The chased ended with the suspects’ car crashing off the highway, spilling X-Box One’s across the field.

It was the second time police say that specific GameStop had been robbed that week.

Next month in Avon, a GameStop was robbed of cash. In mid-July, suspects hit the store in the 7200 block of N. Keystone, stealing consoles.

A month later, IMPD squad cars were outside the GameStop off Lafayette Road. Police say thieves zip tied the employees’ hands before escaping with several gaming consoles.

And just last weekend, police say three men tried robbing a location on the south side. Two of the suspects were arrested. A third was shot and killed by an officer after police say he pointed a gun at them.

Those are just three of the seven robberies to hit Indianapolis Game Stop locations in the last year, a number that worries customers.

“It concerns me because I’d hate to be stuck in there and that happen,” said Jason Stone of Indianapolis.

“Anytime there’s a robbery and people are terrorized like in this particular case or all the other cases previous to that, that’s disturbing to us,” said Lt. Chris Bailey, IMPD.

The start of the robberies lines up with last fall’s release of the Xbox One and Play Station Four, two popular and expensive consoles that police say go for much less on the street.

“There’s a lot of people that don’t have $400-500 to go out and spend for these type of things,” said Lt. Bailey.

24-Hour News 8 reached out to GameStop Corporate several times throughout the day about their security policies, but our calls and emails weren’t answered.

And with the holidays around the corner, IMPD says increasing security might not be a bad idea.

“We always tend to see an increase some time in shopping centers of theft from vehicles, robberies of businesses, and this year is probably going to be no different,” said Lt. Bailey.

There was a security guard inside the S. East Street location Monday, but it’s unclear if that guard was a permanent fixture or if it was a result of the weekend’s attempted robbery.

There was no guard at the store on East Washington Street, the location that was robbed twice in January.

Lt. Bailey said witnesses saw the three suspects walk into the S. East Street location Saturday and were the people who called 9-1-1. He hopes more people do the same in case the robberies happen again.

“Pay attention to what’s going on, not only inside the store but outside the store,” he said.

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