Porter County crime briefs

2013-09-17T18:15:00Z 2013-09-17T18:52:17Z Porter County crime briefsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
September 17, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

Woman arrested in Valpo after alleged shoplifting

VALPARAISO | A Dyer woman was arrested Saturday morning after police said she took more than $1,000 worth of razor blades from the Valparaiso Walmart.

Police said Miranda Martin, 37, also is wanted in Schererville, Merrillville, Hobart and LaPorte County on similar charges.

Police were called just before 7 a.m. Saturday to Walmart, 2400 E. Morthland Drive (U.S. 30), regarding a shoplifter. Employees told dispatchers the woman fled in a maroon Buick. As she fled from loss-prevention employees, she dropped a bag that contained $828 worth of razor blades.

A police officer on U.S. 30 saw the vehicle and stopped it at Axe Avenue. Police said a bag recovered from her vehicle contained $438 worth of razor blades.


Police: 14-year-old boy took father's car to visit girl

CHESTERTON | A 14-year-old was stopped by police early Monday morning driving a car he had taken from his father without permission.

Police said the boy was seen driving in the center of County Road 1050 North about 3 a.m.

When police stopped the car, the boy reportedly told the officer, "I'm in big trouble."

The driver told the officer that he and a friend took the car without permission and had gone to a girl's house in Portage. The boys were released to their parents. Charges are being forwarded to juvenile probation officials.


Second resident of block reports home burglary

CHESTERTON | A second resident of the 1500 block of Hogan Avenue reported a burglary to his home.

The resident told Chesterton police he had come home from vacation on Monday evening to find his front door opened. He had left town on Sept. 11 and a neighbor checked his home on Sept. 13 and found it secured.

It appeared an unknown person had entered through the front door and went through the entire house. Missing was a box of silverware with an unknown value and five pieces of jewelry valued at about $4,500.

Another resident of the 1500 block of Hogan Avenue had reported to police on Friday that his home had been burglarized, with cash, a handgun and jewelry missing.


Tailgate reported stolen from company truck

PORTAGE | An employee of Haas Environmental, 7485 Industrial, reported to police Monday afternoon  that someone had stolen a tailgate from a company truck sometime between 1 and 2:30 p.m. that day. The tailgate, to a white 2010 Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup truck, was valued at $1,500.

The employee told Portage police this was the third time a tailgate had been taken from a company vehicle in the last eight months. The other two were taken in Hammond.


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