Porter County crime briefs

2013-06-25T00:00:00Z Porter County crime briefsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Items stolen from several vehicles in Chesterton

CHESTERTON | Over the last week, Chesterton police have received several reports of items stolen from residents' vehicles.

On Thursday, a resident of the 200 block of Watertower reported his golf clubs had been stolen from his unlocked car overnight. The clubs were valued at $2,995.

On Friday, a resident of the 1600 block of Hogan Avenue reported someone stole several items from his company-issued pickup truck parked in his driveway overnight. Missing was a laptop computer, a mobile hotspot device, a digital multimeter, a wireless mouse/keyboard combo, two flash drives and a disposable camera. The times were valued at $2,594.

Also on Friday, a resident of the 200 block of Primrose reported to police someone had entered his vehicle while it was parked in his driveway overnight and took a Sirius satellite radio receiver valued at $170.

On Friday afternoon, a resident of the 2600 block of Bogey Boulevard reported to police that someone broke into her vehicle overnight while it was parked in her driveway and stole a work-owned laptop valued at $850.


Man arrested for fleeing accident scene

PORTAGE | A Crown Point man was arrested Friday afternoon after fleeing from the scene of an accident.

Christopher M. Bartosik, 26, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident  which occurred  about 1 p.m. at the intersection of Central Avenue and Irving Street.

When police arrived at the three-vehicle accident scene, a witness told them that a man, later identified as Bartosik, had fled on foot. Police spotted him at the south end of the 2700 block of Charlotte Street. Bartosik complied when he was ordered to the ground by police.

He allegedly told police he ran because he did not have a valid driver's license.

After being medically cleared, Bartosik was transported to Porter County Jail.


Man arrested for having stolen mo-ped

PORTAGE | A 22-year-old Portage man was arrested Sunday morning  for false informing and possession of stolen property after telling police a squirrel running across the road caused him to wreck his mo-ped.

Joel L. Skripac of 2693 Eleanor St., told police he was riding his mo-ped on Central Avenue just west of McCool Road about 10 a.m. Sunday when a squirrel ran into the roadway, causing him to apply the brakes and then "dump" the mo-ped causing him to have abrasions to his arms, legs and cheek.

Upon investigating his story, police learned from a witness that Skripac was instead using a telephone and looking to his rear when he lost control of the bike.

Police also ran the mo-ed information and found, despite Skripac telling them his mother had bought it for him, it had been stolen from Valparaiso.

Skripac later told police he bought it from someone in South Haven, but didn't remember who sold him the mo-ped.


Home being renovated burglarized  

PLEASANT TOWNSHIP | Several tools and an iPod docking station were reported stolen Friday.

The owner of a home in the 10 block of East Ind. 8  told police he bought the home a few months ago and is renovating it. Police said he was at the home Wednesday and the doors were locked. When he returned Friday he found one of the doors had been kicked in and the items were missing.

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