VALPARAISO | Just a few days after smashing a glass door at the Bargain Barn at 815 Calumet Ave. and stealing several skateboards, Charles Dushon O'Connor decided to try out one of the new boards in the city's downtown area, according to police.
The decision to break out the stolen board decorated with the distinctive message, World's Best Dad, drew attention to the 18-year-old and resulted in his arrest on a felony burglary charge that carries a potential sentence of six to 20 years behind bars.
Also arrested on a felony burglary charge was a 17-year-old male from Valparaiso, who was transported to the county juvenile detention center.
Pedestrians noticed the shattered door at the store while passing by shortly before 11:30 p.m. April 29, police said. A video surveillance camera caught images of two males wearing masks or bandannas over their faces entering the store and quickly making off with five skateboards.
An employee of the store learned that someone had seen O'Connor playing on one of the stolen skateboards, police said.
O'Connor, of 3000 Gleneagles Court in Valparaiso, was called into the police station Monday and admitted to throwing a rock through the store door and stealing skateboards, police said. He reportedly told police he sold three of the stolen skateboards for $20 each and kept one for himself.