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Police alert Crown Point area about string of burglaries

Updated: September 17, 2013 2:03PM



CROWN POINT — Police Chief Pete Land has put out a Community Alert to all the community to be vigilant and alert regarding suspicious vehicles or persons in their neighborhoods. This is of particular need during the early afternoon hours.

Land said police have responded to three home burglaries in the last month. All have included home break-ins and the primary items being stolen are pieces of jewelry. There is no known suspect information or possible vehicles linked to the crimes.

At 11:20 a.m. Sept. 10, police responded to a home in the 1300 block of Madison Street. The call came right after the resident pulled into the garage. The police believe that the suspect fled the home on foot when he heard the garage door opening.

The police began to search the surrounding area on foot after one of Crown Point Police’s K-9 units followed a scent and indicated the apparent direction the suspect ran from the home. Joining in the chase were officers from Merrillville and Hobart police departments as well as the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. Lake County put its helicopter in the air looking for the suspect. It went on all afternoon but was called off after the police were unable to locate a suspect.

“The responding officers did a good job in their search of the area and calling in for other agencies to assist us. It appears as if we were just a few minutes behind the suspect fleeing from the house,” Land said.

Detectives collected evidence, but did not specify what the evidence was.

The police are asking anyone with any information on this case to call Detective Larry Scott at 663-2131, Ext. 171. The department’s anonymous Crime Tip Line is 663-2131, Ext. 265.

Land is asking for the community to lock their car doors. There have been four cases recently of items having been stolen from cars that have been left unlocked overnight. The police have had made a number of arrests of people that are suspects in thefts from cars that have been left unlocked overnight. The police have made several arrests of suspects they caught stealing and with the goods.

The items stolen from unlocked parked cars include: GPS units, laptop computers, wallets and checkbooks.



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