Law and Order Lake County
February 25, 2013 2:46PM
Updated: February 25, 2013 9:22PM
Man charged in 2008 burglary
A 21-year-old man serving time for burglary has been charged in a 2008 break-in at a Hammond home based on DNA evidence left near the scene.
Robert Lee Tyson, who is serving a four-year sentence at Westville Correctional Center, was charged last week with burglary, residential entry and theft after DNA collected from a sock taken from the home was linked to Tyson based on a search of the Indiana DNA database.
At about noon on Aug. 15, 2008, a Hammond police sergeant discovered his home had been burglarized and items including a Rolex watch, cell phone, two cameras, lenses, a laptop computer and rifles were stolen from the residence on 176th Place.
While the victim and another officer were searching an alley behind the home, the owner discovered some of the stolen items and a lone black sock in the weeds. The sock looked like socks the victim wore, and when he checked his sock drawer, he discovered a new package of socks had been open and one sock was missing.
Tyson was sentenced in August 2012 to four years for burglary.
Charges filed in home break-ins
Burglary and attempted burglary charges have been filed in Lake Superior Court against a Hammond man.
Salvador Mazon, 27, of the 4200 block of Henry Avenue, admitted he broke into two garages in the 4200 block of Johnson Street and the 4300 block of Henry Avenue in Hammond and stole numerous items, including snow blowers, lawn mowers, an air compressor and toolbox with tools.
Mazon also admitted he tried to break into a home in the 4200 block of Grover Avenue, but couldn’t get the steel front door open, and tried to break into a garage in the 4100 block of Cameron Avenue but was unable to get inside.
The crimes occurred in late January or early February.
Mazon has a 2006 burglary conviction in Illinois.
Three charged in bank robbery
Warrants have been issued for three people charged with fraud against a local bank.
A probable cause affidavit states that a man identifying himself as Shaquille O. Jackson attempted to open a checking account with Citizens Financial, 7650 Harvest Dr., the morning of Dec. 17. The bank manager with whom he was working recognized the address he used as similar to an account opened by Kourtney D. Smith, which had been flagged for fraudulent activity and declined the transaction.
Shortly after Jackson left, Kortney Smith came in and tried to withdraw $740. The manager stalled him and called the Schererville Police, who found Jackson, Darnell N. Thompson and Yvette Smith, Kourtney Smith’s sister, in a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo outside.
Prior to their visit to the Schererville branch, Kourtney Smith attempted to withdraw money from the bank’s Dyer branch. Based on five suspicious transaction to the account within the 12 days it was opened, the Dyer manager also declined the transaction.
A surveillance tape shows Thompson depositing at the Dyer branch a $1,300 check from Fifth-Third bank that was previously rejected because it had an invalid account number, the affidavit states. In November, People’s Bank closed an account opened by Jackson for suspected fraudulent activity.
During an interview, Kourtney Smith said he opened the account in Schererville because he couldn’t in Dyer and that he allowed Thompson to cash checks out of it because Thompson didn’t have his own account.
He said Thompson paid him $100 to do so and denied that he knew the checks were fraudulent.
Jackson said during an interview that a person named Thomas gave him $75 to open an account and that he knew it would be used for fraudulent activity, the affidavit said.