Porter County crime briefs

2014-03-11T16:07:00Z 2014-03-11T19:21:05Z Porter County crime briefsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 11, 2014 4:07 pm  • 

Diamond ring, jacket, cash stolen from unlocked vehicle

PORTAGE | A resident of the 5200 block of Rebekah reported to police Monday evening that someone entered her unlocked vehicle and stole items.

The items included an $800 14-karat yellow gold ring with a diamond and ruby, a $200 black North Face brand jacket and about $50 in cash.

Two accused of using pot in Portage motel arrested

PORTAGE | Two Maryland men were arrested Monday evening when it was alleged they were smoking marijuana in their motel room.

Billie Shires, 59, was charged with possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. Jesse Benfield, 27, was charged with visiting a common nuisance.

Police were called to the Dollar Inn, 6142 U.S. 20, about 5 p.m. after a motel guest complained to the front desk of a strong odor of marijuana coming through the vents of the bathroom.

A K-9 unit tracked the odor to the room occupied by Shires and Benfield. Marijuana cigarettes reportedly were found in Shires' pocket. Both men were taken to Porter County Jail.

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