VALPARAISO | A 28-year-old Valparaiso man pleaded guilty Thursday to burglarizing the home of a deputy county prosecutor.
Johnathan Schroeder, of 1710 Vale Park Road, faces up to eight years behind bars on the felony burglary charge, according to the terms of the proposed plea agreement.
The deputy prosecutor said she noticed a rear garage door ajar when she returned home from work on May 7, according to police. She then found numerous items missing, including a computer, Nintendo Wii game and controllers, games, a Kindle Touch and a camcorder.
A break in the case came a day later when the Kindle Touch had been reregistered, police said. Officers spoke to that person, who said she purchased the Kindle from someone else, who in turn received it from a woman who lived with Schroeder.
Police learned that another roommate had picked up Schroeder on the day of the theft from his mother's house, which is next door to the prosecutor's home. The roommate reportedly witnessed Schroeder leaving the scene of the theft with the stolen items.
Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper took the proposed plea agreement under consideration and set a hearing for Feb. 5 to decide whether to accept the deal and carry out sentencing.