Two charged in Merrillville burglary

2014-01-17T19:37:00Z 2014-01-17T21:24:08Z Two charged in Merrillville burglaryChas Reilly, (219) 662-5324
January 17, 2014 7:37 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Police said an observant neighbor helped officers catch two men who allegedly burglarized a home in the 5900 block of McKinley Street.

Officers were dispatched to that area about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday after a resident reported two men were walking in the street with a television, police said.

Two officers located two people matching the description provided to police, but the men weren't carrying a television, according to a police report.

The two men fled from police when officers approached them.

The men, later identified as Efferem Johnson and Christopher Smith, were apprehended in the 5900 block of Taft Street, according to the report.

Johnson and Smith, both 18-year-old Merrillville residents, each possessed jewelry and gold coins, police said. Officers later discovered a home in the 5900 block of McKinley Street was burglarized.

Two televisions from the home were found outside the kitchen window and a third television is still missing, police said.

One of the residents at the home identified jewelry and gold in Johnson's and Smith's possession as items taken from the house, police said.

Johnson and Smith were charged with felony burglary and receiving stolen property. They also face a misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement.

Merrillville police Cmdr. Jeff Rice said police were able to apprehend the suspects because of an alert neighbor. Rice encouraged residents to report any suspicious activity seen in town.

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