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Updated: February 4, 2014 1:03PM



CROWN POINT — Charges have been filed by the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office against 23-year-old Emma Rose Jansson for allegedly stealing seven shotguns, a pellet gun, a BB gun, money and various firearms supplies from a basement in Crown Point.

She is the only person charged with burglary, a Class B felony; and for breaking and entering, a Class D Felony, for the August 2013 incident.

Jansson’s alleged accomplices after the fact, 22-year-old Kevin Andrew Kish and his 19-year-old brother Brandon J. Kish, are all three charged with theft, a Class D Felony, for intentionally depriving the owners of the weapons and other property of their use and value.

While this was five months ago, Assistant Crown Point Police Chief Jim Janda said last week that “this is actually pretty quick to build an investigation with little or no lead to go on.”

On Aug. 27, all three suspects went to Cabella’s store in Hammond and tried to sell some expensive firearms. The store clerk was suspicious and called security. That is when Hammond police detectives Dan Small and Michael Jorden first encountere the trio.

A probable cause affidavit signed by Crown Point police detective Norman Isaacs shows that Jordan said that Jansson told the Hammond detectives that the guns had belonged to her grandfather and she wanted to sell them.

The affidavit also shows that the store checked through the Hammond Police Department and that office determined that the weapons had not been reported stolen. Then Small told the Crown Point detective that he also checked the serial numbers and discovered that one serial number on one of the Beretta shotguns did match one reported stolen in Crown Point.

The owners of the guns were living in the 900 block of Aaron Court in the Ellendale Farm subdivision. The couple was living with her father while their own new house was being built. One of the allegedly stolen weapons was also found to belong to the homeowner.

When Isaacs questioned Jansson, she allegedly admitted that on Aug. 24 she had entered that residence through an unlocked rear window and that she searched through the basement gathering various items to steal. She also admitted that she had removed the guns from the basement. She also told the officer that she had carried the guns to her silver Ford pickup truck, which she had parked a short distance from this home.

She allegedly told the detective that she had taken the guns to her home in Crown Point and kept them under her bed until her friend Kevin Kish took possession of them in order to try to sell them. She was with Kevin Kish when the stolen weapons were taken to his house, also in Crown Point. Jansson admitted to telling both the Kish brothers that she had stolen them and that both men agreed to help her sell them.

Kevin Kish spoke with Crown Point detective Robert Franco and allegedly admitted that he possessed the weapons stolen by Jansson. He also admitted that he helped Jansson sell the two Beretta shotguns in the Cabella’s store in September 2013. Kevin Kish also told Detective Franco that he had sold four of the stolen guns to another store on two separate occasions in September.

Kevin Kish is recorded as telling the Crown Point Detective that he was paid $300 for the Benelli shotgun but he did not recall how much money he got for the others.

Jansson is facing two separate criminal charges for burglary in Crown Point — this alleged burglary in August 2013 and another alleged burglary in October 2013.



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