Thefts of homes, vehicles reported in Lake Eliza area Saturday morning
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent August 8, 2011 5:56PM
Updated: January 23, 2012 3:22AM
Numerous thefts from homes and unlocked vehicles were reported Saturday morning in Lake Eliza.
Three vehicles and a garage at one address on Del Mar Court were ransacked; the victim reported the items taken included a garage door opener, two cases of Miller Lite beer, and $725 worth of sausage, pork roast, ribs, steak and roast beef from a freezer in the garage.
A $1,200 DVD projector was damaged by an unknown person who attempted to steal it between 1 and 6 a.m. Saturday from a home along West County Road 600. Police said the culprit got inside by breaking a window to the attached garage, then dropped the projector as he left through the same window.
More than $1,000 worth of tools, most marked with “LW,” were stolen from a vehicle in the 500 West block of Lakeshore Drive. The victim told police the thief also took about $20 in change from the car but first sorted through it, leaving the pennies behind. Two other vehicles in the same block also were entered, and one victim reported hearing dogs barking at about 1:50 and 2:30 a.m.
Someone climbed onto the roof of a home in the 500 West block of Lakeshore Drive, caving in a small part of the ceiling of one room, in a likely attempt to get inside, according to the police report.
Additional thefts were reported from six vehicles on West County Road 600 and, during the same time frame, a lawnmower was stolen from a locked shed in the 500 block of Oehme Drive, also in Lake Eliza; the latch was pried off the shed.
Valparaiso also had a string of thefts on Friday and Saturday, from six unlocked vehicles parked in residential neighborhoods to the north and east of Foundation Meadows Park. Thefts were reported in the 3200 block of Parker Avenue, the 3400 block of Church View Drive, the 200 block of Sunflower Drive and the 3900 block of Farmdale Drive.