HOBART — Police say an 18-year-old from Gary was armed with a stolen handgun when he was apprehended Thursday night for allegedly stealing a boy's dirt bike and breaking into unlocked vehicles in Hobart.
Cantrell K'Shawn Boles has been charged with burglary, theft of a firearm, auto theft, theft and carrying a handgun without a license, Lake Criminal Court records show.
Police were dispatched about 1:30 a.m. to the 3800 block of Montgomery Street for a report of a garage break-in, according to Hobart Police Lt. James Gonzales.
A homeowner noticed his son's Yamaha 100 mini dirt bike missing from the garage. As he checked the area, he came in contact with a man in a hooded sweatshirt, later identified as Boles, near 38th Avenue and Montgomery Street, court records show.
The man convinced Boles to walk the dirt bike back to the garage, but the teen dropped the bike in the yard and fled when the homeowner called 911, police said. The homeowner's girlfriend told police $10 was missing from the center console of her 2004 Mercedes SUV, records show.
A Hobart officer saw a person matching Boles' description riding a bicycle in the area, but he quickly got off the bike and fled.
Hobart officer Kevin Garber and his K-9 partner, Butch, tracked Boles and found him crouched in some bushes, court records show.
Police said the officer ordered Boles to show his hands, but Boles put only his right hand in the air and lowered his left hand, records show.
Garber commanded Butch to apprehend Boles, who was found with a Glock .45-caliber pistol containing live ammunition and secured by the elastic band of his sweatpants, according to the affidavit.
Boles was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart for injuries sustained from Butch. Court records did not indicate the extent of those injuries.
Another homeowner in the 3700 block of Montgomery Street told police the bike Boles was riding was taken from his yard.
A check of records and interview with the weapon's owner showed the handgun was taken from a 2014 Chevrolet Impala sometime between 5 p.m. Oct. 3 and midnight Oct. 4.
Boles allegedly admitted he and another individual were in the area taking items from vehicles, the affidavit stated. The two were separated so Boles said he started looking for a bicycle to ride home.
He said the individual handed him the weapon earlier when they met at an underpass on the border of Hobart and Gary.