Candidates for Indianapolis mayor speak out against wave of crime targeting restaurants

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 29, 2015) - With the 4th restaurant robbed in a week and with the latest  happening Thursday morning on the city’s east side, both candidates for Indianapolis Mayor spoke out against the violence.

Metro police say three armed men robbed the Steak 'n Shake on East Washington around 4:30 this morning.

The men got away with cash from the restaurant and a customer was robbed of $67.00.

Candidates Joe Hogsett and Chuck Brewer gathered in front of two of the restaurants that were also robbed in the last week.

Both candidates say they will add 150 additional officers and get tough on gangs and will not stand for this violence in Indianapolis.

“These violent gangs will not control our neighborhoods and they will not instill fear in our families. I will not let that happen,” said Chuck Brewer candidate for Indianapolis mayor.

“People walking into this restaurant or the restaurants on the East side of town or two men being attacked in broad daylight on the Monon Trail, that is not Indianapolis. That is not something I’m willing to accept,” said mayoral candidate, Joe Hogsett.

Scott Wise who owns more than a dozen restaurants in Indiana and employs more than 1200 people says more officers on the streets will help deter crime.

“And if the restaurant does their part and protects their customers and employees then I think we will eventually squash this,” said Wise.

Wise says nowadays, many restaurants conduct business on credit with less cash on hand than in the past. No arrests have been made in Thursday's robbery.

 

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