Indy man blames financial desperation for string of 6 armed robberies in 5 days

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INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis man is behind bars, accused of a series of armed robberies.

Police believe the accused thief committed a half dozen crimes over the span of five days.

The series of robberies started in late October. In the span of 90 minutes, two women walking into a south side Kroger were robbed at gunpoint, a pizza delivery driver was robbed in the parking lot outside a nearby Papa Johns and two people were robbed at a Marathon gas station.

The next day police claim the suspect went into a Get-Go on Meridian and demanded money from the clerk.

Eight minutes later the same man allegedly repeated the crime at a Speedway on south East street.

Three days later investigators believe the suspect struck a 6th and final time robbing an employee at a Speedway on Madison avenue.

Police recovered a finger print from one of the scenes and identified the accused thief as 20-year-old Chad Hubbard.

In all, Hubbard is believed to be involved in the following incidents:

  • Robbery of a person at 50 E. Thompson Rd.: 10/29/2020 at 9:03 p.m.
  • Robbery of a person at 1630 E. Southport Rd.: 10/29/2020 at 9:15 p.m.
  • Robbery of a person at 5911 Madison Ave.: 10/29/2020 at 10:39 p.m.
  • Robbery of a Speedway gas station at 5960 S. East St.: 10/30/2020 at 1:43 a.m.
  • Robbery of a BP gas station at 8045 S. Meridian St.: 10/30/2020 at 1:35 a.m.
  • Robbery of a Speedway gas station at 5508 Madison Ave.: 11/2/2020 at 7:51 p.m.

According to the affidavit in the case, after being arrested Hubbard admitted, “He needed money because he had a baby on the way…. The revolver was a black powder gun that didn’t even work and he didn’t want to hurt anyone.”

Hubbard also told police the money he got from the last Speedway location he intended to use to buy his baby some furniture.

“Don’t resort to something that’s going to hurt you in the long run. Reach out to us at the Office of Public Health and Safety,” said community resource coordinator Tony Lopez.

Tony Lopez, with Indy’s Community Violence Reduction team, encourages anyone who’s struggling financially to realize there are resources available, including churches and nonprofits, to help people avoid a life of crime.

“The city of Indianapolis is here for them. We want people to be safe, alive and successful. That’s our motto,” said Lopez. “They need to know there is help out there. They just have to reach out and ask for it.”

Lopez says people anyone who is unsure where to start asking for help can contact him at Tony.Lopez@Indy.gov.

In the meantime, Hubbard remains behind bars on several preliminary charges of robbery.

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