Law and Order Lake County
December 10, 2012 3:40PM
Updated: December 10, 2012 10:38PM
Six years for purse snatching case
Lake Superior Court Magistrate Natalie Bokota sentenced a 21-year-old East Chicago man to six years for burglary and resisting law enforcement.
Demetrius Leon Robinson, who pleaded guilty in the case without a plea agreement, admitted he knocked down a woman and stole her purse. Robinson also admitted he ran from police shortly after the crime, which occurred at about 8:30 a.m. July 4 in the 600 block of West Chicago Avenue in East Chicago.
Deputy prosecutor Angela Mattozzi argued for a 13-year sentence in light of the fact that Robinson has six pending misdemeanor cases and his admission that he spent his days before his arrest selling drugs.
Defense attorney Noah Holcomb Jr., noted his client did not use a weapon in the crime and had been living on the streets prior to the incident.
Bokota ordered that Robinson be placed in a therapeutic community within the Indiana Department of Correction to allow him to receive counseling and other services.
Garage broken into, bikes taken
Someone burglarized a garage in the 1200 block of East Elm Street between 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.
The thief broke a window in the entry door and took two bicycles, power tools, a snow blower and lawn mower.
Items taken from parked cars
Police are investigating a series of thefts from parked cars discovered Sunday.
Reports were taken in the 700 block of James Place, the 1300 block of North Wood Street and the 700 block of Darcy Lane. Various items were removed from glove boxes and consoles inside the cars.