Porter County crime briefs

2013-12-17T00:00:00Z Porter County crime briefsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
December 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Woman arrested for battering two people

PORTAGE | A Portage woman was arrested Sunday afternoon after she allegedly jumped from her van in a parking lot and began battering a man and a woman.

Eileen Wise, 28, of 5931 Houston Ave. was charged with domestic battery and battery following the incident, which happened just before 5 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Meadows Shopping Center, 6020 Central Ave.

According to the police report, Wise attacked a woman, grabbing her hair and striking her. She is also accused with striking and scratching the man before she returned to her van and drove away. Three children, ages 2, 4 and 6 years were with Wise.

Witnesses in the area confirmed the victims' accounts of the fight.

About an hour later Wise came to the police station and accused the two victims of battering her.

Police didn't believe Wise and placed her under arrest. She was transported to Porter County Jail.

Theft from vehicle reported in Portage

PORTAGE | A man reported to police late Sunday morning that someone broke into his vehicle over night and stole several items.

The SUV was parked at the residence in the 5900 block of Marbella at the time of the theft. Missing was a stereo, valued at $100, and a heat/air conditioning control panel valued at $100.

Retail employee arrested for theft

PORTAGE | Quianna Kendrick, 26, of Gary was arrested just after 7 a.m. Sunday after police said she stole from her employer.

Police were called to Meijer, 6050 U.S. 6, after loss prevention officers were alerted that Kendrick allegedly had been scanning false items and paying less than she should have over the course of time. Store officials put the loss at at least $600.

Kendrick told police that she was working with two employees of a cleaning company in the thefts and that they brought the items to her and she would scan the wrong bar codes for lesser priced items.

Kendrick was charged with theft and transported to the Porter County Jail. Police are continuing to investigate whether anyone else was involved in the thefts.

Police warn of computer scam

CHESTERTON | A Chesterton woman is out at least $150 after apparently falling for a scam.

The woman reported to police on Saturday afternoon that she had been contacted over the telephone by a woman on Friday who said she was a Microsoft technician. The technician told the victim her computer was a risk.

The victim wasn't alarmed, according to the report, because she had been having pop ups on her computer telling her of errors. The technician ran a check for the victim, told her she was at risk and offered to fix the problem for $150. The technician even had the computer's identification number. A message from a second technician popped up on her computer informing her that he was fixing the issues.

The victim agreed and paid, later became concerned and contacted a known computer company and was informed it was likely a scam.

Welder, generator taken from fence business

CENTER TOWNSHIP | The owner of Northwest Indiana Fence reported two welders and a generator were taken Thursday night or Friday morning from the company's warehouse at 1758 Lincolnway Court.

Police said a door was forced open. Police estimate the damage and loss at $5,500.

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