VALPARAISO | A burglary in Jackson Township on Wednesday was the 18th home break-in this month in unincorporated areas of the county, according to police.
A majority are forced break-ins and about half occurred during the work day when residents were away on the job, according to Sgt. Larry LaFlower of the Porter County Sheriff's Department.
The most recent victim told police he left the home in the 1000 block of Porter-LaPorte County Line Road in the morning and returned home shortly after 3 p.m. to find one of the overhead garage doors open.
Upon further examination, he discovered the door from the garage to the house open and the front door kicked in, police said.
Police found drawers pulled open and dumped in the house, and closets ransacked.
Among the items missing are 60-inch and 50-inch flat screen televisions, a shotgun and $300 in cash, police said.
The department will be stepping up patrols in the affected areas with marked and unmarked cars, LaFlower said.
"We have some persons of interest that we will be tracking down to interview," he said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the detective bureau at (219) 477-3140.
Residents are also encouraged to report any suspicious persons or vehicles in their neighborhoods to the non-emergency line at (219) 477-3000.