Law and Order Lake County
January 4, 2013 3:44PM
Updated: January 4, 2013 3:44PM
Police seek help with theft, break-in
Police are looking for information from anyone who might’ve seen someone breaking into a vehicle early Friday morning and who may be tied to a second car burglary as well as the theft of a purse.
Officers were dispatched at approximately 4:45 a.m. to the 3100 block of Wimbledon Drive after a citizen heard her car alarm activate and her dogs began to bark, reported Cmdr. Brian Neyhart in a release. They found the woman’s vehicle window broken and footprints on the frozen ground.
K9 Officer Anthony Buonadonna and his partner, Clark, followed the tracks to Westbury Court. The tracks stopped there, suggesting the person left by vehicle.
Other than the window damage, nothing appeared to have been taken from that residence.
Officers continued to search the area and found a garage door open at another address on Wimbledon Drive, where that resident discovered her purse missing from her kitchen, Neyhart said. Officers also located a vehicle that had $1,600 worth of stereo equipment stolen from it in the 2100 block of Springhill Drive.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Cmdr. Michael Vode or Detective Supervisor Jeff Cook at 322-5000.
Wal-Mart robbery nets 8 years’ jail
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a Gary man to eight years for robbery.
Charles Everett Cooper, 46, told the judge he was high on crack cocaine and not thinking clearly when he agreed to assist an accomplice in stealing items from Wal-Mart in Hobart. Cooper admitted he loaded a stereo and DVD into a shopping cart and bypassed checkout lanes. When the greeter pushed a cart in front of him and asked to see a receipt, Cooper rammed his cart into the greeter’s cart, causing the woman to fall, and then fled with the items.
Cooper, who has four prior felony convictions and 20 prior misdemeanors, had faced six to 20 years on the original charge, along with additional prison time for an habitual offender enhancement.