Trio arrested in vacant house
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org July 31, 2012 3:14PM
Allen J. O'Rourke, 18, of St. John was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana. | Photo Provided~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 31, 2012 3:22PM
CROWN POINT — On July 19 the Crown Point police could walk to the site of a break-in, it was so close to the police station. It was across the street at 135 N. East St.
That is a vacant house that is going to be torn down for the new parking lot for the new library.
Arrested was Allen J. O’Rourke, 18, of St. John on charges of possession of stolen property, a class D felony, and possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor. According to police reports, he was accompanied by boys aged 16 and 14. They were released to their parents.
At 7:19 p.m. the police were informed that several people might be inside the vacant residence. Land said in a prepared statement, “As Patrolman Dave Wilkins arrived and was attempting to make entry through the front door, the subjects attempted to flee by running out the back door. They were apprehended by Cpl. Jason Murphy who, along with Patrolman Ryan Olson, had set up a perimeter around the residence.”
The three had allegedly entered the vacant residence so to smoke marijuana. One of them also allegedly had several items recently stolen from a St. John home. The property was identified as a laptop, air card, iPhone, headphones and other items.
The Crown Point police confirmed with the St. John Police Department that the computer items had been reported stolen that same day.
Crown Point’s K-9 officer, Cpl. Jeff Eldridge and his partner Buddy, searched the property and located a bag which had contents that field-tested positively as marijuana.
In addition to Wilkins, Murphy, Olson and Eldridge, Officer Stephan Meece and Cpl. Jose Resendez also worked on this case.