Valparaiso man arrested on drug charges after reporting burglary
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent October 17, 2013 7:36PM
Joshua Scott, Valparaiso, arrested on marijuana charges. | Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 19, 2013 6:42AM
VALPARAISO — A man who called police to report someone breaking into his home was arrested on marijuana-dealing charges. Two others were charged with burglary.
Joshua Scott, 23, called police at 1:02 p.m. Wednesday to his home in the 800 block of West Street, saying he had just returned home and believed someone was upstairs.
Police found two flatscreen televisions in Scott’s backyard and collected information on two possible suspects. Officers searched the area and located Travis Talley, 22, and Michael Daunora, 24, both of Valparaiso, at Brown Street and Michigan Avenue, arresting them both on charges of Class B felony burglary. Talley also was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Meanwhile, officers processing the burglary scene reportedly noted a strong odor of marijuana in the house on West Street and saw assorted drug paraphernalia. After getting a search warrant, they found more than 2.5 pounds of marijuana and approximately $10,000 in cash in the house, according to the police report. Scott had more marijuana in his vehicle, police said.
Scott was arrested on two Class D felony charges — dealing marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance, and for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.