Updated: November 8, 2012 4:58PM
Man tried to take items to scrap
A Valparaiso man faces up to three years in prison on each of three felonies for allegedly stealing or trying to steal large items from businesses to apparently scavenge.
Jason R. Craig, 22, has been charged with Class D felony theft and two counts of Class D felony attempted theft for three incidents along U.S. 30 in August.
On Aug. 24, a business owner in the 200 block of U.S. 30 saw Craig snip retaining wires on a grill behind one business until the witness came up to him while he tried to load it one his truck, and the witness later stopped Craig when he tried to take a metal sign behind Viking Chili Bowl.
The business owner took down the license plate number, then on Aug. 31 found his two air conditioning units stolen, a $5,000 loss.
Scam tries to sell deed to homeowners
Porter County Recorder Jon Miller is warning the public to be aware of a deed solicitation letter being mailed to local homeowners by several different companies.
These companies market their services of providing a copy of a homeowner’s deed in the form of a “Deed Processing Notice” or other such request, for a fee of $86 per copy. They also state, “if (your request is) received after the Compliance Response Date, an additional fee of $35 will be required before processing.”
The letters make it appear that homeowners should respond and pay for their services by a specified date, which is usually just a few weeks from the date of the mailing.
“The services that these companies offer are very inflated, since the same copy may be obtained for the price of $1 at your County Recorder’s Office,” Miller said in a news release. “Per Indiana Statute, we are required to charge a $1 fee per copy page, and most deeds are only one page.”
Company names that send out these solicitation letters include “Local Records Office,” “Records Retrieval Department,” and “Secured Document,” among others.
“These solicitation letters have been mailed to homeowners in Porter and surrounding counties by companies located in Washington D.C., along with one based in Indianapolis,” Miller noted.
Miller requests that concerned Porter County citizens drop off or mail copies of their solicitation letters to his office. These copies will then be forwarded to the office of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and to the Better Business Bureau.
To find out how to obtain a copy of a deed, contact the Porter County Recorder at 465-3465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.