Numerous thefts on city’s east side
Police are looking for information on a person or people who stole items from 10 vehicles early Tuesday morning in a neighborhood north of Glendale Boulevard and west of Silhavy Road. Most of the vehicles were unlocked, but those that were locked had windows broken. An assortment of global positioning systems, tools, wallets and purses, laptop computers, radar detectors and personal items were taken; the total loss and damages exceed $3,000. The vehicles were parked along Shaker, Penwick and Hollandale drives, Truman and Eisenhower avenues and Flemming Road. Anyone with information can contact Valparaiso police by phone at 462-2135, or by text by dialing 847-411 and entering “Valpo” as the first word of the message.
Stolen car’s owner left keys inside
A silver 2007 Pontiac G6, worth an estimated $14,000, was reported stolen between 2:45 and 6 p.m. Tuesday from outside the Family Express at 752 Lincolnway. The owner told police she left the car unlocked and with the keys in the ignition.
Two chain saws taken from shed
Two chain saws were reported stolen between 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Tuesday from a shed in the 1900 block of Truman Avenue. The screws had been removed from a metal flange securing the locked door to the shed, police said. The saws were worth $1,250.
Shopper’s wallet taken from purse
A 28-year-old Portage woman reported her wallet was stolen from her purse between 12:30 and 2:15 a.m. Tuesday while she shopped at Wal-Mart, at 6087 U.S. 6. The Coach wallet contained $380 cash, an assortment of credit cards and a passport, bringing her loss to $1,226, according to the police report. The woman was unsure when the theft happened but noted an encounter with an extremely friendly couple who helped her find an item in the spice aisle, while standing close to the cart holding her purse. Police said the store’s surveillance video did not cover the spot where the victim was speaking with the couple.
Daytime burglar struck rural house
A burglar stole a TV, laptop computer and other electronic entertainment from a rural home between 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday. Police said a large shoe print was left on the damaged front door of the home, in the 900 block of South County Road 250W, west of Kouts. The loss and damages were estimated at $2,730.