Briefly: Porter County courts
Post-Tribune staff reports June 16, 2012 4:42PM
Updated: July 18, 2012 6:40AM
VALPARAISO — A South Haven man could get up to three years in prison for allegedly stealing, with the help of a 16-year-old boy, a church’s $3,000 air conditioner.
Raymond H. Pittman, 36, has been charged with Class D felony theft and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The two are accused of cutting the air conditioner free from First United Methodist Church at 2637 McCool Road in Portage about 4:30 a.m. June 12. The Porter County Jail automated system didn’t list Pittman as a prisoner on Friday afternoon.
Man charged with theft of CSX steel
An attempt to take steel from the CSX railroad resulted in a Porter County man being charged with Class D felony theft and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.
Police allegedly caught Matthew P. Simmons, 22, after he loaded steel rails, spikes, plates and other steel parts into his truck about 7:51 p.m. June 10.
The theft happened near Woodlawn Avenue and Locust Street in Chesterton, and when police searched his vehicle, they found a glass pipe with burned marijuana.
The Porter County Jail automated system didn’t list Simmons as a prisoner on Friday afternoon.
Woman charged with removing tracking bracelet
A Portage woman who is supposed to be on house arrest has been charged with Class D felony escape and has removed her tracking bracelet.
Court records state that Sharon Jacobs, 45, left her home about 9 p.m. May 16, then went to Burns Harbor and removed the bracelet there about 9:30 a.m. May 17.
Jacobs wasn’t listed as an inmate in the Porter County Jail on Friday afternoon, but court records state she should be held without bond when arrested.