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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

Thursday, November 16, 2017

LaPorte County Man Sentenced

For Armed Robbery

SOUTH BEND - The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, Thomas L. Kirsch II, announced that Timothy Bennitt, age 27, of Rolling Prairie, Indiana was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio for robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. 


Bennitt was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment followed by 2 years of supervised release.  


According to documents in this case, Bennitt committed 6 armed robberies in St. Joseph and LaPorte County restaurants and businesses.  During his January 2017 crime spree, Bennitt used a handgun during these armed robberies.  In addition, during 4 of the robberies, Bennitt was assisted by co-defendant Nathan Kellogg, who drove and provided the car.  Bennitt and Kellogg used the money from the robberies on food, lodging and drugs.  Bennitt’s accomplice, Kellogg pled guilty to 4 of the robberies and is scheduled for sentencing November 21, 2017.  


This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department, Mishawaka Police Department, South Bend Police Department and the St. Joseph County Police Department.  The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Gabrielse.


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Updated November 16, 2017