LOWELL | A former Lowell resident was charged Wednesday with a second home break-in which occurred Oct. 22 in the 300 block of Main Street.
John Earl Lucas Jr, 42, of Hammond, was charged with burglary and forgery.
Court documents indicate the resident came home from a short trip to find her bedroom window forced in and the room ransacked. More than $2,000 in money orders was taken along with collectible coins valued at $3,000.
Lucas had been hired by the woman to work at her home and he was aware that she would be out of town, the homeowner told police.
Lucas allegedly made some of the money orders payable to himself, forged the homeowner’s name and cashed them at Chase Bank in Hobart.
According to court documents, video surveillance tapes at the bank showed Lucas cashing the money orders.
Lucas was previously charged with theft and false informing in connection with an Oct. 6, 2013, break-in in the 200 block of West Oakley Avenue.
A spokesperson for the Lake County prosecutor’s office said no court date has been set on the new charges and a warrant has been issued for Lucas’ arrest.