Porter County crime briefs

2014-01-20T15:13:00Z 2014-01-20T20:31:32Z Porter County crime briefsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
January 20, 2014 3:13 pm  • 

Police find woman with stolen items

VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso woman was arrested late Friday night after police found her with items taken from three local stores.

Police were called to the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Calumet Avenue for a report of an intoxicated woman.

Police saw the woman drop items in the snow. An officer caught up with her in the parking lot at Walgreens, 1903 Calumet Ave., where she said she was going to get plastic bags, because the bags she had to carry her groceries had ripped.

But police said they questioned the woman and she pulled out a bag of cat food from her jacket, for which she said she had not paid. She also had hair dye, shampoo, canned salmon, a fun paddle, brownie mix  and other food items taken from Walgreens, Town and Country Market, 1605 Calumet Ave., and from Strack and Van Til, 2800 Calumet Ave.

Theresa Gains, 45, was arrested on three counts of felony theft.

Portage police investigate theft of credit, debit cards

PORTAGE | Police are investigating the theft of a purse Sunday from a car parked at Texas Roadhouse 6130 U.S. 6.

The victim reported her purse along with credit and debit cards, a college ID, her driver's license and cash were taken.

The victim said the fraud department at her credit union had already canceled the cards after suspected fraudulent use. She learned someone had already tried to use the cards at the nearby Walmart and Kohls.

A clerk at one of the stores told police she remembered a woman trying to use the rejected card.

The woman was described as white, in her 40s, 5 feet tall, about 250 pounds with dark, thick, wavy shoulder length hair. She was wearing a gray jacket and light blue jeans.

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