Porter County Law and Order
October 9, 2012 3:32PM
Updated: October 9, 2012 4:22PM
Vandals continue to mock O.E. clients
Vandals used orange spray paint on the back of a building and an elevator shaft under construction, between 5 and 10 p.m. Thursday, at Opportunity Enterprise’s location at 40 Fish Lake St.
The graffiti include two swastikas and a derogatory statement about the organization’s clients. Police believe the culprits may be the same ones who targeted the property overnight on Oct. 2.
Dollar store missing two deposits
Family Dollar’s Friday night deposit of $1,491.31 was reported stolen Saturday from a safe at the store, at 390 W. U.S. 6.
Police said there were no signs of forced entry. Multiple current and former employees have the safe code, which has not been changed since the theft of $1,786.55 from the business on Aug. 28, police said.
Males seen around time of break-in
Between noon and 1:40 p.m. Monday, an unknown person pushed in a screen window to get into a home in the 700 block of Devonshire Road.
Two bottles of Vicodin, approximately 185 pills total, were stolen, although a number of electronics and valuables left in the open were untouched, according to the police report. A neighbor told police she saw two young males, dressed all in black, walking between the houses and acting suspiciously.
Pregnant woman was strangled
Kenneth Brown, 42, told police a 21-year-old pregnant woman attacked him and used pepper spray on him without provocation in his home, in the 700 block of Heritage Road.
The woman said they were arguing at about 11 p.m. Sunday when Brown pinned her to the couch and grabbed her throat until she could no longer scream, but she was able to grab the spray from her nearby purse.
The woman had injuries and Brown did not, and he was arrested for felony domestic battery, in the presence of a child, and strangulation, police said. A neighbor who heard the screams called police.
Teens caught shoplifting brownies
Two South Haven males, ages 14 and 16, are charged with conversion after allegedly shoplifting brownies and lotion from Al’s Supermarket, 392 W U.S. 6.
The suspects walked out of the store with the items, worth $7.78, hidden under their shirts at about 8:15 p.m. Friday, police said. The teens were released to their parents.
Workman thought to be pistol thief
A rural Chesterton homeowner believes a satellite company’s employee stole a pistol from his bedroom while he was preoccupied elsewhere in the house.
The 41-year-old victim told police he hid the Ruger 9mm pistol between the pillows on his bed before the worker arrived at about 2 p.m. Monday at the home, in the 400 block of Burdick Road. He noticed the gun, worth approximately $300, was gone at about 10:45 p.m.
Car stolen from outside bar
A black 2006 Volkswagen Jetta was reported stolen between 3 and 9 a.m. Sunday from Ozzie’s Oasis, 394 S. Indiana 49. The owner, a 22-year-old Knox man, told police he got a ride home with a friend because he could not find his car key.
Fuel siphoned from semi at truck stop
Approximately 60 gallons of fuel, worth $225, was reported stolen from a tractor-trailer parked at the Pilot Travel Center at 4105 E. Morthland Drive., east of Valparaiso.
The driver, from Nashville, told police the gas was siphoned out between 5:15 p.m. Friday and 11:15 a.m. Saturday.
Alleged batterer, victim bitten
Donald Martin II, 40, of the 5900 block of Old Porter Road, was arrested for felony strangulation and misdemeanor domestic battery following a fight at about 10:10 p.m. Monday at his apartment.
Martin and the 31-year-old male victim, also from Portage, each had a bite mark on his arm, and Martin allegedly threw a fan at the victim, causing facial injuries. Both had consumed a large amount of alcohol, but police determined Martin was the aggressor.