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Investigation into a string of robberies led to the arrest of an Indianapolis man



Indianapolis, Indiana – A man from Indianapolis has been taken into custody as he is said to be a suspect in a string of robberies over the course of four months.

Following a string of robberies committed at local businesses, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Covert Robbery Unit initiated an investigation on December 21, according to the department. The investigation into the robberies pointed at Jovonni Sanders, 26, as a suspect.

A search warrant was sought and granted for the suspect’s vehicle and residence. Investigators also located evidence during the search warrant at the residence.

Sanders has been linked to several robberies, including the following:

  • Dec. 5, 2021, at 1:44 a.m. at the Shell gas station at 2960 S. Meridian St.
  • Dec. 5, 2021, at 2:15 a.m. at Speedway gas station at 5345 S. East St.
  • Dec. 6, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. at 21st Amendment Liquor at 3939 S. Keystone Ave.
  • Dec. 26, 2021, at 8:05 p.m. at Speedway gas station at 401 Kentucky Ave.
  • Dec. 26, 2021, at 8:56 p.m. at Shell gas station at 7020 McFarland Blvd.
  • Jan. 2, 2022, at 6:33 p.m. at Village Pantry at 1415 W. 86th St.
  • Jan. 17, 2022, at 2:03 p.m. at Dollar General at 6908 Madison Ave.
  • Jan. 20, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. at Super Tacos at 7853 N. Michigan Road
  • March 5, 2022, at 7 a.m. at Circle K at 6402 W. 10th St.
  • March 8, 2022, at 8:15 p.m. at Dollar Tree at 3489 W. 86th St.

Sanders was arrested on April 1, 2022, in the 8300 block of Michigan Road with the help of Indianapolis Special Weapons and Tactics.

Charges against Sanders include robbery, armed robbery, battery by means of a deadly weapon, pointing a firearm, and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.

A jury trial is preliminary scheduled for Feb. 6, 2023.

If you have information on any of the aforementioned robberies, please call the IMPD Homicide /Robbery Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.