Camera catches woman making third burglary at Porter County home
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent January 29, 2013 1:34PM
Autumn Henn. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: March 2, 2013 7:02AM
PINES — A Michigan City woman with a long criminal record and two accomplices were arrested Monday for allegedly breaking into an acquaintance’s Pine Township house more than once to get money to buy heroin.
After two burglaries in one month, the homeowner installed trail cameras that captured images of a third burglary in progress at about 1:30 p.m. Monday as Autumn Henn, 28, entered through the back door of his house, in the 300 block of East U.S. 20, and left with a box of DVDs and a small safe. He returned home to discover the theft and called police at about 4 p.m.
At 5:20 p.m., police arrested Henn and two men, who stayed in the vehicle during the burglary, outside the same pawn shop, Checks for Cash in Michigan City, where the homeowner had bought back an air compressor taken in one of the earlier burglaries.
They reportedly admitted already having used cash from the safe to buy drugs in Chicago. According to the police report, Henn attempted to hide a hypodermic needle in the squad car that transported her to the Porter County Jail and four small plastic bags, containing pink pills and a white powdery substance, in her vagina.
Henn faces three felony charges: burglary, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle. She also was wanted on a LaPorte County warrant for allegedly failing to comply with probation on 18 counts of theft.
Ryan Bailey, 26, of Michigan City; and Travis Sheblowsky, 22, of LaPorte, were charged with felony aiding in a burglary.
Henn told police Bailey was the driver and did not know she did not have permission to enter the home, which she told him belonged to an uncle. Both men, however went along with the drug purchase, which Sheblowsky admitted arranging, even after they knew the cash was stolen, according to the police report.
The victim told police he was best friends with Henn’s late father.
Additional charges may be filed for the previous burglaries.