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Cory Lee Anderson

Cory Lee Anderson

CROWN POINT — A man wanted by authorities for more than a year in a string of residential burglaries was arrested last week by Gary police.

Cory L. Anderson, 28, of Gary, has been wanted by authorities since a warrant was issued Dec. 19, 2016, on allegations he burgled a home with two other men about a month prior in the 4000 block of Polk Street. He allegedly committed three more residential burglaries before his arrest June 4 in Gary.

Anderson was arrested that night after Gary police Officer Donald Briggs spotted the wanted man standing outside a residence in the 800 block of East 36th Avenue in Gary, Gary Police Lt. Dawn Westerfield confirmed. Westerfield said Briggs called for additional units and Anderson was arrested before he could flee the home.

Anderson made a formal court appearance Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court.

Judge Diane Boswell entered not guilty pleas on Anderson's behalf to charges that include burglary, criminal mischief and firearm theft. Defense attorney Andrew L. Bennett requested a bond reduction for Anderson, who is being held on four $35,000 surety bonds, court records state.

Deputy Prosecutor Maureen Koonce said it was “quite bold” for Anderson to request a bond reduction. He was charged in four residential burglaries and he previously served 18 months in prison for escaping from lawful detention in January 2014.

Boswell denied the bond reduction and scheduled a new court hearing for July 31.

Recent arrests booked into Lake County Jail

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.