Robbery suspect allegedly confesses to a dozen thefts
A man was arrested by South Bend Police for allegedly robbing the Speedway on Ireland Road last month. While speaking with investigators, the suspect allegedly admitted to "at least twelve other theft crimes," according to the probable cause affidavit.
The Speedway was robbed around 4 a.m. on November 29. The clerk told police the suspect entered the store, grabbed a drink from the cooler, then demanded money from the clerk. Police said he got away with $338 in cash, according to the probable cause affidavit.
The clerk gave officers security footage of the robbery.
Through a tip from the public, South Bend Police arrested Dustin Pate for the Speedway robbery, according to a press release from police.
While speaking with Pate, he allegedly admitted to committing multiple other crimes because he needed money for drugs, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Pate told police on December 5 he kicked in the front door of a home on Chalfant Street because it looked like no one was home.
He told police he changed his mind after kicking in the door and left.
When police asked Pate about a burglary at the same home in November 2014, he allegedly admitted to burglarizing the home with another person, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Pate allegedly admitted to several other crimes during the interview. The probable cause affidavit states those crimes are currently under investigation.
Pate also explained to investigators he has not been going to his probation appointments because he has been using drugs and would not be able to pass the drug tests, according to the probable cause affidavit.
On December 14, Pate was charged with one count of robbery, one count of attempted burglary and one count of burglary.