IMPD to meet with Irvington residents after string of robberies

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — People in Irvington are taking action after a string of armed robberies in the neighborhood.

East District Commander Mike Bruin will meet with neighbors at the Historic Irvington Community Council Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The biggest concern he’ll address is the recent armed robberies in the neighborhood.

Just in the past three days, police reports show someone robbed two nearby Dollar General stores and a Dollar Tree. Monday night, a man was robbed a gunpoint near Arlington Avenue and the Pennsy Trail. Neighbors are also very worried about the robberies at the bars and pubs that happened even while customers were inside.

The Hilltop Tavern, Butler Inn, Bar 52, Shi-Kay Lounge and J-Clyde’s Pub all reported armed robberies or attempted robberies last month. The Hilltop’s owner said suspects with guns came inside and demanded cash from workers and individual customers. It’s not clear if all the robberies connected.

Since these robberies, the Irvington Community Council has asked IMPD for increased patrols in the area. Neighbors have also continued to use Facebook and Next Door to keep each other updated on other petty crimes like car break-ins.

Some of the business owners say they’ve discussed creating a task force to work together on fighting crime.

Tuesday night neighbors hope to get more suggestions from IMPD and answers about how the robbery investigations are going. IMPD Commander Mike Bruin told 24-Hour News 8 investigators have made progress on the robberies.

The council meeting Tuesday night is open to the public. If you’d like to attend, the meeting is at the Irvington Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m.

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