Man charged with stealing items from grandfather's home

2014-04-07T17:02:00Z 2014-06-24T17:58:21Z Man charged with stealing items from grandfather's homeJoyce Russell, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222

PORTAGE | A Portage man was arrested after police said he was stealing items from his grandfather's house.

Police were called by the grandfather after he discovered items missing from his home. The man said he had returned home from work and was sitting in his dining room when his estranged grandson, Mark Needham, 31, showed up at his back door.

Needham claimed he needed to use his grandfather's phone to call for a ride home.

After Needham left, the grandfather went into his bedroom and found that an amount of cash was missing along with a wristwatch, a gold pocket watch, antique coins and a change collector full of coins was missing. Included in the cash was a $1 bill which had a personal note written on it.

A neighbor told police a suspicious car, later identified as Needham's, had been in the neighborhood on Wednesday and again Friday.

Police went to Needham's home, where he and his wife agreed to allow police to search the home. Their two children also were present.

Police found the two watches, along with a third watch which Needham allegedly admitted taking from his grandfather because his grandfather had sold one of his guns. They also found the $1 bill with the personal note among the cash in Needham's home.

In addition, police found two hypodermic needles and a bottle of Kenalog-40, a prescription steroid.

Needham, after being medically cleared at a local hospital for a complaint of pain to his back, was transported to Porter County Jail. He was charged with felony burglary, possession of stolen articles, possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of paraphernalia, neglect of a dependent and possession of a legend drug.

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