February 1, 2014
Charges of armed robbery and two counts of criminal confinement have been filed in Lake Superior Court against a Merrillville man in a December holdup at a pawn shop.
Noah Christian Morgan, 23, of the 7500 block of Whitcomb Street, faces six to 20 years if convicted of the three felony counts.
Morgan is charged with robbing the EZ Pawn, 5466 Broadway, Merrillville, on Dec. 11. Two employees told police that two masked men wearing hooded sweatshirts came into the store. The man wearing the gray hoodie pointed a silver handgun at the two women, ordered them to put up their hands and asked about a third employee, who hadn't arrived at work. The men took various items from the safe, including $4,500 in cash, from $10,000 to $20,000 in jewelry and keys to the store. One of the employees noticed that the robbers left a bank bag in the safe which had a dye-pack and never touched it as they removed money and rings from around the bag.
One of the employees told police she had received a call from Morgan, a former employee, a few days before the robbery that he planned to rob the business. Morgan had been fired for accepting counterfeit money.
Police checked an online program giving law enforcement information about pawned items and discovered that Morgan had pawned jewelry at two pawn businesses in Villa Park, Ill., on the same day as the robbery.
Days after the robbery, Morgan contacted one of the employees, admitted he'd robbed the business and questioned her about the police investigation, the probable cause affidavit states.