Steven Wingard | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Stolen items found with driver fleeing police
A Black Oak man driving a car loaded with stolen items was arrested Monday morning after he crashed his car while trying to flee from police.
Steven Wingard, 24, of 6010 W. 36th Ave., claimed the television, laptop computer, digital camera and other household belongings were his girlfriend’s. When contacted, she denied they were hers.
Police examined the computer and found an owner’s name and contacted her. The victim arrived at her home in Griffith and discovered the burglary to her residence, located in the 1700 block of Elm Street.
The incident began when Patrolman Shane Bolde saw a car speeding and signalled for the driver to stop, but he sped away, running stop signs until he lost control, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said.
Wingard, who was charged last year with felony theft and is out of jail on bond, faces felony fleeing law enforcement charges, several traffic violations and burglary.
Lake County police are investigating the burglary.
Warrant issued for woman who spat on police
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Gary woman charged with two counts each of battery by bodily fluid and resisting law enforcement.
Lashunda M. Brown, 33, of 2125 Carolina St., was at Sam’s Grocery, 2102 Virginia St., on Feb. 13 when the manager called police and said he wanted her removed from the store.
Patrolmen Thomas Aguilar and Jamal Milton arrived and spoke to Brown, who “became loud and disrupted business,” the probable cause affidavit states.
Brown spit on both Aguilar and Milton and struggled as they tried to handcuff her.
Sgt. Mark Salazar investigated the case.
Woman accused of taking gas station receipts
Video surveillance cameras inside Super Duper Gas at 1564 Harrison St. show an employee stealing cash from the business at the end of her shift on Jan 16.
Geblonka K. Green, 33, of Appleton, Wisc., counted her receipts for the day, then “squatted down in front of the safe blocking the view,” the probable cause affidavit states. She then carried a white trash bag and placed it in her car instead of in the large bin outside the building, the affidavit states.
The owner of the gas station told Detective JerVean Gates his deposits for that night were short about $800 and attempts to reach Green failed.
Man beaten, robbed by group of five men
A 58-year-old Marshalltown man was robbed and beaten by five men who rushed through his door when he opened it about 10:46 p.m. Monday night, police said.
The victim said the assailants had handguns and demanded money, then took cash and jewelry before hitting him in the face with a handgun.