CHESTERTON | Chesterton police arrested a 26-year-old man April 15 after a home in the 100 block of Primrose Circle was burglarized that afternoon.
The 66-year old homeowner told police he returned home at 3:10 p.m. that day after running several errands and saw a man in a camouflage jacket come out of the garage carrying two bags. He said he tried to follow the suspect and yelled at him, but the man ran through some nearby yards and escaped.
The homeowner's wife told police she had returned home shortly before her husband while the burglar apparently was in the house. As she entered the bedroom, he apparently snuck out, knocking over a pile of papers and taking her purse with a checkbook, wallet and iPhone. Police tried to locate the iPhone with the locator app, but it wasn't turned on.
A town street department employee reported a suspicious character at a nearby gas station who would run a little, then look back. Police were unable to locate the person, but, while interviewing the homeowners, a nearby resident called to report seeing a suspicious-looking man pull a bag from a trash can and walk away.
Another witness reported seeing a man throw "a whole bag of stuff" in the garbage and look like he was in a hurry. Police then located the suspect and retrieved the bag from the garbage. It was later found to hold the jewelry cases, cameras, purse and other items allegedly taken from the home on Primrose Circle.
Derrick J. Miller, of Chesterton, told police he scraps to make money and found the bag in the garbage can and thought it was scrap. He was being held on a charge of receiving stolen property.