Porter County crime briefs

2013-08-20T00:05:00Z Porter County crime briefsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
August 20, 2013 12:05 am  • 

Best Buy employee admits theft of $7K in merchandise

VALPARAISO | An 18-year-old Valparaiso man has been charged with stealing more than $7,000 in merchandise from his employer, Best Buy, 91 S. Silhavy Road.

John F. Deman, of 306 E. Division Road, has been charged with theft.

Police came to the store Saturday evening after a manager had completed an inventory and found an empty iPad Mini box. Early in the day, a custodian had located two iPad Minis wrapped in toilet paper inside a trash can in the men's restroom. They were turned over to management.

Management found personal information of Deman's on the devices. When management spoke to Deman, he admitted he stole the devices and other items.

In the course of an interview with police, Deman allegedly admitted to stealing some $7,000 worth of merchandise from computers to video games along with $200 in cash from a register drawer during the two months he had worked for the retailer. He also allegedly told police he had returned one item he stole to the Merrillville Best Buy for a gift card.

The stolen items were found in Deman's vehicle and home.


Underage drinking party leads to arrest of 10 at Valpo home

VALPARAISO | Ten juveniles were arrested late Friday night for their participating in an underage drinking party at 1402 Evans Ave.

Police responded to the address after receiving a complaint. When police arrived, she saw numerous juveniles "scatter throughout the residence." Some attempted to flee through broken windows.

The home was owned by one of the juvenile's parents, who lived next door. The mother was contacted and gave police permission to enter the house where they found numerous empty alcohol bottles and marijuana.

All of the juveniles, ages 14 to 16, were charged with minor consumption of alcohol and visiting a common nuisance. Seven were released to their parents. Three facing additional charges, including possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance, were transported to Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.

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