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Car break-ins result in arrests

Updated: August 6, 2013 11:21AM



CROWN POINT — July 26 was a busy day for both the morning and evening shifts of the Crown Point Police Department. The morning shift caught burglary suspect Joseph D. Chalos, 19, of Crown Point, stopped just four blocks from the scene of a break-in of a parked vehicle. Taken from the vehicle in the 9300 block of McKinley Street on the city’s far north side was a Garmin GPS unit. The suspect was seen running from the scene.

A 911 caller was able to provide a clothing and physical description of the suspect. As police patrol cars were checking the area, a young man matching the description was spotted just four blocks from the scene of the robbery.

While Officer Dan Lee talked with Chalos, other officers found a similar GPS unit in Chalos’ possession. When the officers checked the device’s home address they found it matched the victim’s address.

Chalos was taken to Lake County Jail on the charges of conversion and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle. His bail was set at $500 cash bond.

The evening crew was not left out of the action. They had their own auto break-in to deal with. This one was closer to home, just a block or so east of the police station. Cody Keenan, 19, also of Crown Point, was transported to Lake County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance, conversion, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest.

At 7:20 p.m., Officer Tom Widener was given the information on a 911 call that a male subject had just entered a parked vehicle and removed a mounted radar detector and then ran from the scene.

Keenan was found by police, when he thought he would be safe, hiding near the police and fire stations. He was taken into custody, and the item originally stolen from the victim’s car was recovered and returned to the owner.

All charges on both cases and suspects were filed through the Crown Point City Court.



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