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Police and fire

  • Fatal crash near State & Coliseum
    A motorcyclist was speeding and doing a wheelie when he collided with a left-turning pickup truck on State Boulevard this afternoon, according to police.
  • Motorcyclist hurt in crash with car
    A male motorcyclist suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the hospital in critical condition Monday afternoon after his Suzuki collided with a Buick at a west-central intersection.
  • iAB Financial Bank in Grabill robbed
    A man robbed the iAB Financial Bank in Grabill this morning, making off with an undisclosed amount of money and fleeing in a two-door car driven by another man, Allen County police said today.

Holdup leads to pot charges against victim

It's another lesson learned the hard way:

When calling police to report that you've just been robbed at gunpoint by a stranger who climbed into your car, you should probably make sure to get rid of the marijuana you're storing behind the back seat.

That's what landed one man in jail Sunday, according to a Fort Wayne police report.

The man, whose name was not listed in the report, was with at least two other people and picking up a woman at Time Corners Apartments near Getz Road that afternoon.

When he pulled his car into the apartment complex, a man with a gun unexpectedly climbed into the back seat.

According to the report, the gunman took cellphones and wallets from the people in the car and then fled.

The driver of the car pulled into a nearby fire station and asked firefighters to call police.

When officers made the scene, at least one noticed that everyone smelled of marijuana.

They then found a Mason jar containing 48 grams of marijuana – enough to bust someone on a felony charge – behind the rear seat as well as some smoking paraphernalia, according to the report.

The driver of the car admitted to police the marijuana was his, the report said.

He was put into cuffs and taken to Allen County Lockup.