LAPORTE | An arrest has been made in one of the recent LaPorte vehicle break-ins after the victim laid hands on the suspect.
But, police aren't sure yet if the boy, who is a juvenile, has anything to do with an ongoing string of thefts.
LaPorte Police Chief of Detectives Paul Brettin said a list of possible suspects in other break-ins over the past several months is being developed and more arrests are expected.
Just before 3 a.m. Wednesday, police were called to the 1600 block of Stone Lake Drive. A man saw a car with headlights on, stop in front of his home, then saw the dome light on inside his vehicle.
By the time he made it outside, the suspect was inside a neighbor's sport utility vehicle. The man grabbed the suspect and pulled him out of the SUV, but when the suspect pulled something out of his back pocket, the man, fearing he might have a gun or knife, let go of him.
Police said the juvenile fled in a car and a license plate number obtained from the man led officers to the suspect on Wednesday at his residence at an undisclosed location in rural LaPorte.
Brettin said the name of the driver, also a juvenile, has been obtained in hopes of charging him.
LaPorte has experienced a rash of vehicle break-ins the past week, but the increase stretches back to October if not earlier and includes Michigan City.
''We noticed a spike in the northern part of the city especially,'' said Brettin.
Money, loose change and other valuables like electronics are targeted, he said.