Man robs gas station; is apprehended when his car runs out of gas

LaPorte, IN — Sean Harris, 33, is being held in jail without bail. He was arraigned Friday in LaPorte Circuit Court on a felony robbery charge for robbing a gas station in LaCrosse.

Harris robbed a local gas station, but failed in making his getaway. He was caught after he ran out of gas. He also was allegedly intoxicated, according to LaPorte County Sheriff’s police.

Police allege that late Wednesday morning the South Bend area man implied to a store clerk at the BP gas station in Lacrosse that he had a gun.

He fled the store southbound on U.S. 421 with an undisclosed amount of food and beverage items along with cigarettes. No money was taken and no weapon was displayed, said LaPorte County Police chief deputy Ron Heeg.

Heeg said Harris was eastbound on Ind. 8 in Starke County when an Indiana State Police trooper, attempting to the locate the getaway vehicle, found it stopped along the two-lane highway.


A Starke County sheriff’s deputy came along and assisted with the arrest, police said. Heeg said the suspect ran out of fuel and allegedly had a blood alcohol level higher than the limit for legally operating a motor vehicle.

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