Law and Order Porter County
August 3, 2012 3:46PM
Hacked Web camera took video
A possible virus took control of a Washington Township family’s computer video camera, putting a live video of the mother and daughter on their screen along with instructions to wire $200 or face imprisonment. The window, with the video and a FBI logo, popped up and froze the rest of the computer at about 10:15 a.m. Thursday. The 56-year-old mother told police she feared whoever hacked into the Webcam of the computer, kept in her bedroom, has been watching her.
Father, son charged with battery
A father and son are expected to face charges for battering each other to the point where each need medical attention. According to the police report, Timothy Lozny, 62, started an argument with Timothy “Tim” Lozny II, 26, at about 7 p.m. Thursday at their home in the 3600 block of Chimney Hill Court, just north of Valparaiso. After the elder Lozny admittedly slapped the younger across the face, they mutually fought each other, police said. After the two men separated, however, the younger man reportedly broke through a bedroom door to resume the fight.
Timothy Lozny was jailed after being medically cleared for a laceration for his tongue, despite the claim he repeatedly made to police, that “he’s my son under my roof, I can slap him if I want.” Tim Lozny was admitted to Porter hospital for multiple injuries, and he is expected to be charged at a later date, according to the police report.
Firearms stolen during break-in
Five firearms were reported stolen in a residential break-in between 8 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. Thursday in the 700 block of West Division Road, in Union Township. Police said the glass was shattered out of a rear door so someone could enter by reaching around to the deadbolt and door handle, and a gun cabinet was emptied. A 2-year-old Browning shotgun was taken along with four heirloom guns, two shotguns and two rifles that had been passed to the owner by his father. The loss and damages are estimated at $4,900.
Alarm ended home break-in attempt
At about 12:55 p.m. Thursday, an unknown person damaged two doors in an attempt to get into a house in the 400 block of South County Road 500W, but left without taking anything when the burglar alarm alerted police. The glass of a newly-installed french door was shattered so the culprit could unlock the deadbolt to the house. The glass of a garage door also was broken and its screen was cut, police said.
Golf clubs theft quickly solved
Three young men were arrested after police found them in a vehicle suspected of being involved in the theft of golf clubs at about 12:40 p.m. Thursday from outside a house in the 100 block of East County Road 638N, in Liberty Township. About five minutes after the owner witnessed the theft, police said, the green 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix was stopped on Evans Avenue at Valparaiso Street. The occupants reportedly said they were on their way to pawn the clubs, although each gave a different explanation of how they got them. Zachary Smith, 19, of rural Valparaiso, was arrested for felony theft and misdemeanor underage drinking. Dakota Baskin, 18, of rural Valparaiso, was arrested for theft. Cameron Compers, 20, of Medaryville, was arrested for underage drinking.
Man arrested for theft from vehicle
Ryan Fields, 19, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, was arrested after a woman reportedly witnessed him stealing a knife at about 12:15 a.m. Friday from a vehicle in the 700 block of Governor Road. The woman told police the man ran across nearby yards when she confronted him. Police found Fields, who matched the witness’s description of the man she saw in her sister’s vehicle, at about 1 a.m. in the 700 block of Heritage. The knife was in his possession, as were a number of electronics that police held as evidence along with the borrowed car Fields drove to the area. Despite the time, Fields said he was in the area looking to rent an apartment.
Window broken in garage burglary
Two CB radios and two cordless drills were stolen from a detached garage by a burglar who broke a window to get inside. The burglary was discovered at about 5:45 a.m. Thursday in the 300 block of LaHonda Drive. The loss is estimated at $500