3 felonies charged in burglaries
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org August 6, 2013 11:00AM
Updated: August 6, 2013 11:21AM
CROWN POINT — Under the direction of Crown Point Police Detective Norm Isaacs, the July 18 burglary of Crown Auto Repair has resulted in charges against former employee Jeffery J. Starke, 28, of Griffith.
Starke has been charged with three felony counts: burglary, a Class C felony, criminal mischief, a Class D felony, and theft, a Class D felony.
A press release from Police Chief Pete Land said that sometime during the night of July 17-18, Starke broke into Crown Auto Repair, located at 1510 North Main Street.
It was discovered that sets of tires and chrome rims, along with various pieces of metal scrap, had been stolen.
The suspect, now identified as Starke, appears to have driven his vehicle into and through a garage door, during which time it caused damage to two vehicles parked inside the garage.
Land said, “The total estimated loss and damage was $4,400.”
Isaacs’s investigation and the processing of the crime scene found several items of evidence, including broken car parts from his vehicle.
Isaacs contacted and met with Starke and during questioning, after being read his rights, Starke freely admitted that he burglarized the business and stole the items, according to police. Starke told police that he committed the crime because he was upset that he had been recently fired as an employee at Crown Auto Repair.
On July 26 Starke was formally charged by the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.
The items reported stolen were located by the Crown Point police and each item was returned to the business.