Highland residents help police track burglary suspects

2013-12-05T20:30:00Z 2013-12-05T21:52:16Z Highland residents help police track burglary suspectsCharles F. Haber Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 05, 2013 8:30 pm  • 

HIGHLAND | Cooperation among several police departments, residents and businesses on Wednesday resulted in the arrest of two burglary suspects, authorities said.

A resident in the 2300 block of Terrace Drive saw two men loading televisions into the trunk of their car and called officers about 10:45 a.m., Detective Cmdr. Ralph Potesta said.

A brief car chase began before the two abandoned their 2002 Mitsubishi and fled on foot while the area was surrounded by officers from Highland, Munster, Griffith and Dyer.

As they ran through a neighborhood, various residents and business employees called to report their location.

Brion Denham, 21, of the 1100 block of Morton Street, Gary, was caught on Buddy Court near Christenson Chevrolet, Potesta said. Denham was arrested on charges of felony burglary and resisting law enforcement.

A 17-year-old DeMotte boy was captured on the Christenson grounds, Potesta said. He was arrested on charges of battery, battery on law enforcement, resisting law enforcement and burglary and is being held at the Lake County Juvenile Center, Potesta said.

"The public was instrumental in our success," Police Chief Pete Hojnicki said. "It was quite amazing."

Hojnicki said there has been a recent rash of burglaries over the past few days.

"In less than 24 hours we tripled our manpower on the road," he said.

Hojnicki said home burglaries increase as the Christmas season approaches and urged residents, at home during the daytime, to watch their houses and those of their neighbors.

"We ask residents to report any suspicious activity immediately to police by calling 911," he said.

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