Porter County crime briefs

2013-10-15T00:00:00Z Porter County crime briefsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Guns, jewelry taken in Portage home burglary

PORTAGE | Police are investigating a burglary to a home in the 7000 block of Nottingham.

The brother of the home's occupant reported to police Friday morning that he went to his brother's home to retrieve a lawn tool while his brother was out of town.

When the brother arrived at the home, he saw the rear door open with obvious signs of forced entry and called police.

When police entered, they found kitchen drawers and cabinets open, a large screen television knocked to the floor in the living room. While two bedrooms seemed untouched, the master bedroom appeared to be ransacked, with the mattress pushed off the bed and drawers opened.

Police contacted the resident, who returned.

Reported missing from the home was two shotguns, valued at $1,100; and four other guns valued at $4,700. Also missing was an undisclosed amount of cash, a diamond ring valued at $32,000 and a second ring valued at $250.


Home in Portage entered, vandalized with graffiti

PORTAGE | An unoccupied home in the 5100 block of Central Avenue was recently entered, and while the owner reported nothing appeared to be missing, police found graffiti spray painted throughout the building.

Police received the report of a possible burglary at the home Friday afternoon. The owner told police that her brother had come to the home and found doors within the home had appeared to have been forced in. The brother called the owner's son, who then called the owner.

When police investigated, they found two small skateboard-type ramps outside of the home that did not belong at the home. While the back door was not locked, police did find evidence of forced entry to the garage access door.

Inside police found white graffiti along the walls, ceiling fan and window trim, including an outline of a skateboard painted on a wall.

The owner said the last time she was at the residence was on Oct. 8 and was unaware of the graffiti or damage to the doors.


Lawn ornament stolen

PORTAGE | A resident of the 2300 block of Seahorse reported to police Sunday afternoon that a lawn ornament from his yard overnight.

The large metal butterfly was valued at $75.


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