Hebron man previously charged in four Northwest Indiana robberies now also accused of robbing Winfield Pizza Hut

CROWN POINT — Jeffrey J. Smar, already accused in four armed robberies in Northwest Indiana, now faces charges in the armed robbery earlier this month of a Pizza Hut in Winfield.

Smar, 47, of Hebron, was charged Thursday in Lake Criminal Court with armed robbery and robbery.

A man with a pock-marked face and dark sunglasses allegedly entered Pizza Hut, 10889 Randolph St., in Winfield, at about 12:30 p.m. Dec. 10, according to a probable cause affidavit. He told the store's manager in a soft voice to “empty the register,” while armed with a silver-colored handgun.

The manager handed him the register's $1- and $5-bills, and he grabbed a $20 bill, the affidavit states. He then fled the restaurant.

The manager told police she saw a photo of the suspect in the Dec. 9 robbery of La Posh Salon, 7853 E. 108 Ave., and said it was the same man who robbed her restaurant, the affidavit states. That suspect was Smar, the affidavit states.

Smar and a co-defendant, Stephen B. Miller, were charged Dec. 14 in Lake Criminal Court with four counts of robbery in the incident at La Posh Salon.

Smar is also charged in Porter County in the Dec. 1 robbery of the Smoke Shop in Hebron; the Dec. 7 robbery of The Designer's Club salon on Ind. 2 in Center Township; and the Dec. 11 robbery of Country Kitchen in Hebron.

Police determined the license plate of the vehicle used in the Country Kitchen robbery was registered to Smar, the affidavit states. Police used that evidence to obtain a search warrant for Smar's home, where they found a .38 caliber revolver and receipts from La Posh Salon.

Smar and Miller allegedly admitted to police they robbed the salon. Smar said the men needed money to pay drug debts in South Chicago, an affidavit states.

Smar is jailed in Porter County. He is not afforded bond on the charges in Lake Criminal Court, court records state.

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