Two Detroit Men Charged in Indiana Smash and Grab Jewelry Store Robbery

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HAMMOND, IN – Darren Bell, 19-years-old and Altonio Benson, 27-years-old, both of Detroit, were charged in a criminal complaint with robbery affecting interstate commerce for the robbery of a jewelry store in Hobart, Indiana, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

ALTONIO DEQUAN BENSON

ALTONIO DEQUAN BENSON

The criminal complaint alleges that at approximately 7:05 pm on January 25, 2019, three individuals participated in the robbery of a jewelry store in Hobart, Indiana, while the store was open to customers. At least two individuals smashed display cases with hammers to take jewelry, and the individuals fled the store with approximately $803,000 in jewelry. Bell and Benson were apprehended a short time later.

U.S. Attorney Kirsch said, “Brazen robberies such as this case commands a swift response from law enforcement. I want to commend all our law enforcement partners for their work in investigating this case. We will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute these type of crimes in this District.”

Altonio Benson was on probation at the time of his arrest based on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections. Benson has previous convictions for:

  1. Weapons – Felony Firearms
  2. Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manf., Nar/Coc <50 Grams – Attempt
  3. Weapons – Carrying Concealed
  4. Police Officer – Fleeing – Third Degree – Vehicle Code
  5. Weapons – Carrying Concealed – Attempt
  6. Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana
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