Home burglary suspect arrested after high-speed chase in Porter County

2013-12-31T18:00:00Z 2013-12-31T22:05:05Z Home burglary suspect arrested after high-speed chase in Porter CountyJohn Scheibel john.scheibel@nwi.com, (219) 548-4358 nwitimes.com
December 31, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

BOONE TOWNSHIP | Police arrested a suspect in a home burglary on Monday after a high-speed pursuit through southern Porter County.

Police were notified after a relative of the homeowner, who was out of town, went to the home to let out the owner's cat.

Jamie Demarco, 30, of Gary, was arrested and charged with burglary, auto theft, resisting law enforcement and reckless driving.

According to police, the relative went to the home in the 600 West block of County Road 650 South about 2:20 p.m. to tend to the cat. When that relative pulled into the driveway she saw a door was open and man she did not recognize inside the house.

The woman went to a neighbor's house and called police. While at the house, she saw the man leave in the homeowner's silver Pontiac Grand Prix.

Hebron police officers first located the car and followed until county officers joined the pursuit. Police said Demarco drove around a road block in the area of Ind. 2 and 350 South.

Police said the pursuit continued at 90 mph in a 55 mph zone. The pursuit continued to County Road 250 South then to County Road 725 West.

Police then conducted a "rolling road block," which ended the pursuit. Demarco was removed from the vehicle at gunpoint and was taken into custody.

Police found a guitar case, purse and a pillowcase filled with stolen items in the vehicle. Officers at the house reported the home had been ransacked.

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