Police arrest suspect in connection with 11 armed robberies at Speedway convenience stores

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UPDATE:

In July 2017, Donnell E. Gilder pleaded guilty to 22 counts related to robberies in Indianapolis. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

ORIGINAL STORY:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Indianapolis police caught a serial robber connected to at least 11 robberies in the last two months. The crimes all occurred at Speedway convenience stores on the city’s northeast side.

The suspect allegedly robbed a Speedway on 65th street four times, a Speedway on Allisonville road another four times, twice more at a Speedway on 71st street and once on at a store on Shadeland.

Police say Donnell Gilder Jr. robbed Speedway gas stations 11 times before his luck ran out.

“This is a very dangerous individual. He fired a shot at one of the store clerks,” said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams.

Police say the suspect got caught because after running away from a robbery at the 71st street Speedway, Gilder stole a getaway car from a nearby apartment parking lot.

“As we were walking out, I noticed that the car was gone,” said witness Burrell James Jr., who had left the car running to warm it up for his wife.

Just minutes after it was stolen, police spotted the suspect driving James’ car and arrested him.

“By him stealing my car, that may be what got him caught,” said James.

According to court records, the suspect confessed to all 11 robberies. His victims now hope he pays a heavy price for his crimes.

“He did all these bad things, so he has to pay for what he’s done,” said James.

Police say the streets are definitely safer with the 22-year-old suspect behind bars.

“This speaks to our effort to identify prolific offenders. This is a prolific offender. He was committing multiple robberies and putting the public in danger,” said Adams.

The suspect is facing numerous state and federal charges, including attempted murder for shooting at a clerk. That clerk just missed being hit by the bullet.

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