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PORTER COUNTY

Cloned debit cards used at Illinois ATMs

Two Union Township residents notified police an unknown person cloned their debit cards and withdrew $3,526.75 cash from their checking accounts, using a number of automated teller machines in Illinois.

The two victims are related and live at the same address, but each has a separate checking account and still had possession of their ATM cards. The illegitimate withdrawals were made between Oct. 26 and Thursday, according to the police report.

ATVs stolen from homes along west County Road 450

A camouflage 2010 Honda four-wheeler was reported stolen between 9 a.m. Thursday and 7:55 a.m. Friday from the garage of a home in the 800 block of North County Road 450W, in Portage Township. A fish finder also was missing and the main door of the garage had been pried open, police said. The loss and damages were estimated at $5,320.

A blue 2008 Yamaha motorized dirt bike and a blue 2008 Eaton all-terrain vehicle were reported stolen between 10 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday from another address in the 800 block of North County Road 450W. These vehicles also were stored in a garage, although it was unlocked, according to the police report. The loss is estimated at $4,000.

Power tools, appliances gone from storage units

Power tools and household appliances, including a top-loading washing machine and a French-door refrigerator, were reported stolen between Oct. 20 and Saturday from two units at Santa’s Storage, at 2801 McCool Road in rural Portage. Both units were rented by the same person, who estimated his loss at more than $2,400, according to the police report.

Ring taken during antiques show

An antique ring reportedly worth $1,900 was stolen during an antiques show Saturday from the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road. The owner told police the yellow gold ring was taken from a display table between approximately 1 and 3:30 p.m.

Police keep busy with drunken drivers

An unusually high number of people — for a nonholiday weekend — were booked at the Porter County Jail for drunken driving. Of the 14 people arrested for OWI between Friday night and early Monday morning, the following were charged with felonies for being repeat offenders, according to police reports:

Richard Rebeck Jr., 52, of Hobart, arrested after yelling at McDonald’s employees, at about 10:25 p.m. Friday, in the drive-through of the restaurant at 364 W. U.S. 6 in South Haven. The manager suspected Rebeck was drunk and called police. The charge is a felony because of a prior drunken driving conviction.

Floyd Bailey, 38, of Merrillville, stopped at about 11 p.m. Saturday at Airport Road and Central Avenue for repeatedly crossing the center line. Bailey admitted drinking beer and smoking marijuana.

PORTAGE

Arrested man not welcome at former home

Charles Nafus Jr., 44, of Lake Station, was arrested for felony residential entry at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday, for allegedly walking into his former house without permission and demanding his property. The 37-year-old resident of the home, in the 5200 block of Mulberry, told police Nafus lived with her until two months ago, but he was no longer welcome. Nafus told police the woman let him inside to retrieve his clothing and an indoor grill.

Man charged for response to theft allegation

Jake Salas, 23, of Hobart, was arrested for felony intimidation and misdemeanor public intoxication after allegedly becoming loud and argumentative when a 26-year-old Hobart woman told police, during a traffic stop, that he or his cousin stole a month’s worth of her prescription Xanax.

The woman was driving Salas’ vehicle at the time and said the theft happened just before she ordered the cousin and another man out of the car, shortly before police stopped her at about 1:45 a.m. Monday near Plaza and Plymouth.

VALPARAISO

Woman throws TV at soon-to-be-former roommate

Kelly Rivera, 39, of Valparaiso, was arrested at about 11:05 p.m. Sunday for misdemeanor battery after allegedly throwing a flat-screen television at her roommate, when the 45-year-old woman told Rivera she was moving out the next day.

Rivera denied throwing the TV, which belonged to the victim, only saying she gave it back to her and she did not know how the woman received her minor injuries, according to the police report.

The victim told police the TV struck her ankle, cutting it, and the cord of the attached VCR hit and bruised her arm. The incident happened in an apartment in the 300 block of Worchester Drive.



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