Rifle missing after Portage home ransacked by burglars
PORTAGE | A resident of the 2900 block of Ardell Street reported to police Saturday that someone broke out her kitchen window and burglarized her home.
When police arrived it appeared that every room of the home had been ransacked, making it difficult for the homeowner to make a complete report of what may have been stolen, according to the police report. She told police a .22-caliber rifle had been taken from a closet.
Tool box reported stolen from in front of Portage residence
PORTAGE | A resident of the 6800 block of Portage Avenue reported to police Sunday that someone stole a tool box from the bed of his pickup truck while it was parked in front of his home.
The resident said the tool-filled box weighed about 80 pounds and was valued at $1,085.
Air-conditioning unit stolen from house under construction
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | An air-conditioning unit was reported stolen from a home under construction at 2 Browning Lane.
The builder called Porter County police Friday afternoon after receiving a call from a nearby resident who left a voicemail saying there had been a suspicious pickup truck at the home. The unit was valued at $2,500.
Police seeking man who tried to pay for gas with fake cash
PORTAGE TOWNSHIP | An employee at Speedway, 796 N. Ind. 149, told police a man tried passing two counterfeit $20 bills on Friday.
The employee told Porter County police that the man tried paying for a pack of cigarettes and fuel with the bills, which were immediately recognized as fakes. The employee told police the man was carrying a large amount of money in his hand that may also have been counterfeit $10 and $20 bills.
The employee said the man was white, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, had long blond/brown hair in a ponytail and goatee. He was wearing a black baseball cap and a black sweatshirt. He had several piercings in both ears and a spike through his bottom lip. He was driving a dark, older-model pickup truck with a camper top.
Metal thieves break into home in Lake Eliza area for 2nd time
PORTER TOWNSHIP | A Lake Eliza-area home that was burglarized in January was hit again, according to the Porter County Sheriff's Department.
The caretaker for the property on Frame Street reported the crime Sunday and found a window had been forced open. Police said the washing machine was moved away from the wall and drywall was torn from the wall studs. The copper water lines and copper electrical wires leading to the washing machine had been removed. Three large metal tubs that were outside the home also were taken. Police estimated the damage at $1,550.