Thieves nearly cleared out mobile home, resident says

2014-03-25T00:05:00Z Thieves nearly cleared out mobile home, resident saysTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 25, 2014 12:05 am  • 

PORTAGE | A woman reported to police Sunday afternoon that someone had nearly cleared her mobile home of its belongings.

The woman told police she was in the process of moving to Lafayette and returned to her mobile home in the 600 block of Camelot Manor to find it nearly cleared of furniture.

Missing were a Maytag washer valued at $500; two twin size beds, valued at $300 each; a king size mattress, box spring and frame valued at $500; a recliner valued at $600; a 60-inch flat screen TV valued at $1,000; concert speakers valued at $1,000; an amplifier valued at $1,000 and two end tables and a coffee table valued at $1,000.

Man who tried to eat evidence faces drug charges, police say

PORTAGE | Two Hammond men were arrested late Friday night on drug charges despite one of them trying to eat the evidence, police said.

Robert Johnston, 24, and Joshua Littig, 22, were stopped by police at 11:35 p.m. Friday on U.S. 20 near Center Street when police observed erratic driving.

According to the report, police smelled marijuana coming from the car. As police were investigating, one of them saw Johnston, the passenger in the car, allegedly put something in his mouth and begin chewing. Police stopped him and saw what appeared to be marijuana on his lips.

A plastic bag of marijuana was also found in the car.

Johnston was charged with possession of marijuana, resisting law enforcement and interference with evidence. Littig was charged with possession of marijuana. Both were transported to Porter County Jail.

Housesitter discovers burglar stole television from home

CHESTERTON | A woman house-sitting for a relative reported to police Sunday afternoon that someone entered the home in the 100 block of Jefferson Avenue and stole a television.

The woman told police she was gone for an hour Sunday and when she returned she found the exterior door broken and lying on the floor. The television was taken from an upstairs bedroom.

Antique store owner reports $1,190 worth of items stolen

CHESTERTON | The owner of Russ and Barb's Antiques, 222 Lincoln Ave., reported to police Thursday afternoon that some $1,190 worth of items had been taken from the store in the last three weeks.

All five items were Lalique crystal or glass and included two ash trays, two clear crystal birds and a frosted white ornamental perfume bottle.

Driver who hit home arrested on drunken driving charges

VALPARAISO | A 23-year-old Valparaiso man was arrested early Saturday morning after he struck a residence in the 400 block of Union Street.

Shaun A. Jones, 36, of 354 S. Locust St. #D, told police he lost control of his car on a patch of ice just after 2 a.m. Friday and slid into the rear of the building on Union Street.

Police said there was no ice on the roadway. Jones later allegedly admitted he had been drinking and that he was going too fact when he turned out of the alley and lost control.

Jones measured a .15 blood alcohol level and was charged with four counts of operating while intoxicated.

Police accuse unconscious Wheatfield man, 28, of OWI

VALPARAISO | A Wheatfield man was arrested early Monday morning after he was found unconscious in the drive-through lane of a restaurant in the 1200 block of Strongbow Centre Drive.

When police arrived, the 28-year-old man, was unconscious and not breathing. Emergency medical personnel arrived and told police the man's symptoms were indicative of a heroin overdose. Police found a syringe on the floor of his vehicle. Alcohol was also found in the bed of his pickup truck.

The man was transported to Porter Regional Hospital. He denied either drinking or using illegal drugs. A blood test indicated positive for opiates and marijuana. The man remained hospitalized. Police are seeking a warrant for his arrest on charges of operating while intoxicated.

Garage break-in nets tools, Morgan Twp. resident says

MORGAN TOWNSHIP | A resident of the 200 block of Ind. 49 reported to police Friday evening someone entered his garage and stole several tools.

Missing was a router, valued at $150; a band saw valued at $275; two grinders valued at $200 each and a set of air tools valued at $125.

Copper wire stolen from air conditioners at rural church

PORTER TOWNSHIP | A representative of Faith Fellowship Church, 84 S. County Road 500 West reported to police Sunday evening that several air conditioning units outside of the church were damaged and copper wire stolen.

The theft happened within the last five months. The damage was estimated at $20,000 to replace the units.

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