East Chicago man charged in apartment burglary
BY RUTH ANN KRAUSE Post-Tribune correspondent September 17, 2013 2:34PM
Updated: October 19, 2013 7:13PM
Burglary, residential entry and theft charges have been filed in Lake Superior Court against 19-year-old Davonte Mackie of East Chicago.
Mackie is charged in an apartment burglary in the 4700 block of Northcote Avenue in East Chicago.
The resident told police that between 10:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Saturday while she was shopping someone stole a 32-inch flat-screen television, tablet computer, bath towels, body wash, Hawaiian Punch, cookies and milk.
Later that day, police were called to the same address for a disturbance between the resident and Mackie. The woman said a child from the neighborhood told her he saw a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue nylon jogging pants standing outside her apartment door.
The woman told police she began knocking on all the apartment doors and encountered a man wearing the same type of clothing in what the landlord said should have been a vacant apartment. Inside was a white tablet computer that looked like the woman’s. The woman argued with Mackie and called police.
When she returned to her apartment, she heard Mackie leave the upstairs apartment.
While police were speaking to Mackie, he pulled a white charger cord for the tablet from his pocket but insisted it was his. He then admitted he hid the items because of the confrontation with the resident and that he was homeless.
Police found the TV in a third-floor storage area, and the other items in the apartment. Mackie had been eating the cookies and drinking the milk, police said.