Charges have been filed against three Chicago men in connection with the robbery at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Schererville on August 20, 2022, Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. announced Tuesday.
- 30-year-old Ricky C. Pierce – 1 count Attempted Theft (Level 6 felony), 1 count Resisting Law Enforcement (Class A misdemeanor)
- 32-year-old Jaleel S. Spencer – 1 count Attempted Theft (Level 6 felony), 1 count Resisting Law Enforcement (Class A misdemeanor)
- 28-year-old Robert E. Thompson – 1 count Attempted Theft (Level 6 felony), 2 counts Resisting Law Enforcement (Level 6 felonies)
Thompson remains hospitalized after ramming a Schererville Police car during the escape attempt leading to him being shot by officers on Saturday, August 20th.
At the request of the Schererville Police Department, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the entire incident at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Martinez said. The investigation is still ongoing as of Tuesday.
As the case moves forward, all findings will continue to be submitted to the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration. Police have not confirmed if the two other Dick’s Store thefts in Valparaiso and Hobart were related.
Valparaiso Police say a theft occurred at the Dick’s store around 3:40 PM Saturday but could not confirm if it was connected to the other thefts. Hobart Police also confirmed a theft had occurred around 4:25 PM Saturday involving three males driving a newer minivan. Schererville Police were called to Dick’s around 4:52 PM where all three subjects were apprehended driving a newer van.
“It is possible that additional or enhanced charges could be filed, depending on what the investigation uncovers,” Martinez added.