PORTAGE | Two Hammond men were arrested Sunday after police said they broke into a Portage home.
Miles Patrick Howard and Ivan Edward Wiedemann, both 18 and of Hammond, are facing multiple counts after police caught them following the attempted burglary at a home in the 3100 block of Cooley Street.
Just after midnight, a resident of the home called police to say he was awakened by a crashing noise from his front door being forced open. The man said he saw a man coming up the stairs toward his bedroom, yelled and the man fled.
Nothing appeared missing, although his television had been apparently moved.
As police arrived in the area, they spotted a vehicle and made a traffic stop at Stone Avenue and Swanson Road. Howard was driving and Wiedemann was the passenger, authorities said.
The men told police they had taken a man names James, whom they had met earlier in the day at Westfield Southlake Mall, to the Cooley street address and James kicked in the door, then jumped in their car and when they spotted the police, James jumped out of the car.
After being questioned by police, both admitted to being involved in the burglary. They both also told police they had stolen from a vehicle in the area of Honeysuckle and Morning side earlier in the evening, according to the report.
Howard was charged with burglary, theft, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana. Wiedemann was charged with burglary, theft and visiting a common nuisance. Both were transported to Porter County Jail.