Burglars don’t get far after Gary break-in
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 November 27, 2012 4:30PM
William Rhodes | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 29, 2012 6:21AM
GARY — Burglary suspects with a trunk load of stolen goods drove just two blocks before Gary police swooped in and stopped them.
One suspect is in custody and a second is expected to be arrested and charged in the Monday night break-in of a garage in the 700 block of Polk Street.
The victim, a 73-year-old woman, didn’t even know what happened until police knocked on her door. Her property was returned to her that night.
“A concerned citizen called with details about the subjects and gave a description of the car,” Detective Pete Baum said.
“The quick response from police and neighbors calling in made the arrest happen. We need more of it,” he added.
The driver, William L. Rhodes, 39, of 673 Harrison St., was arrested at 8th Avenue and Tyler Street.
Rhodes has two prior convictions for burglary.
A woman who was riding in the car was questioned and released, he added.
Shortly before 10 p.m., police learned suspects wearing hoods over their faces were loading items from a garage into a white Cadillac in an alley behind Polk Street.
Patrolmen Calvin Taylor, Michael Mitchell, Tommie Taylor, Anthrice Culp and Jeremy Joseph arrived in the area, where Joseph found a garage door that had been kicked in.
The homeowner checked the garage and told Culp and Joseph two lawn mowers and a leaf blower were missing.
Police located the Cadillac and saw that a belt was holding the trunk closed, Baum said. He learned the belt belongs to a 25-year-old man who fled before police arrived.
Charges will be presented to prosecutors later this week.