Law and Order Porter County
December 31, 2012 2:28PM
Updated: February 2, 2013 6:19AM
Senior slept through burglary
A 46-inch LED television, worth $1,600, was reported stolen between 11:40 p.m. Friday and 1:40 a.m. Saturday from a home in the 100 block of Richter Street, while an 80-year-old man was sleeping in another part of the house.
Police said the glass on a rear door had been broken, and two sets of footprints led to and away from the door.
Drug users charged with neglect
Steven Larsen, 37, and Diane Larsen, 43, were arrested for felony neglect of a dependent when officers checking on a 911-hangup call, were greeted by “an enormous odor of marijuana,” police said.
The call was made at 1:03 a.m. Monday the Larsens’ home in the 400 south block of Adams Street.
Along with a 5-year-old child, police reportedly found marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Steve Larsen also was charged with felony maintaining a common nuisance, felony possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Diane Larsen also was charged with felony maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Don’t send money for ‘relative’
Two women lost $1,000 to a scam artist claiming to be a relative stuck in Mexico.
An 84-year-old grandmother, of South Haven, told police she received a phone call on Friday from a man claiming to be her grandson. He told her he was involved in an accident in Cancun and needed $1,800 to get his passport back and be released from the courthouse.
She gave the phone to her 51-year-old daughter, the “caller’s” mother, who asked the man why his voice sounded different. He told her he had stitches on his lip, according to the police report.
He asked them not to tell his wife because she is pregnant. The mother then had the man hang up and call her on her cell phone. When he did, she was convinced it was her son and went to wire the money to his supposed lawyer and a consulate secretary as he directed.
Soon after, the real son called, but the woman was able to cancel only one of the transactions.
Juvenile switched out grandma’s pills
A Texas boy was arrested for felony theft and taken to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center for allegedly stealing narcotic painkillers from his grandmother and replacing the pills with Tylenol.
The thefts reportedly happened over the course of a week while the boy and his family were staying with the grandmother in the Shorewood Forest subdivision. The boy was taken into custody at about 11 p.m. Friday at the home in the 100 block of Shorewood Drive.
Street grates gone from church lot
Several metal gratings were reported stolen overnight Thursday from a culvert at the entrance to St. Iakovos Church, 36 W. County Road 700N. It is estimated six pieces were stolen, with each being approximately 11/2 feet wide and 11/2 inches thick, and weighing 50 pounds. The loss is estimated at $600.
Snowblower stolen from open garage
A red Tecumseh Snow King snowblower worth $400 was reported stolen between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday from the attached garage of a home in the 700 block of North Meridian Road. The garage door had been left open, police said.
A neighboring couple told police they saw a tan four-door passenger car with a snow blower in the trunk leaving the neighborhood at about 2 p.m.
Man asked to leave arrested for battery
Todd Brunker, 32, of Porter, was arrested for misdemeanor battery at about 2:55 a.m. Monday at an apartment in the 500 block of North Calumet Avenue.
Brunker allegedly punched a 35-year-old man in the face, after the victim asked him to leave the apartment when Brunker and the 25-year-old female resident of the apartment got into an argument.
Satellite installer accused of stealing
A Porter County resident switching from one satellite television provider to another told police the worker for the new company stole the receiver box she needs to return to her previous provider.
The theft reportedly happened at about 9 a.m. Dec. 14 in the 700 block of West County Road 700N.
Repeat DUI driver involved in crash
Roger Gaczkowski, 39, of Valparaiso, was arrested for felony drunken driving, with a prior, following a two-vehicle crash at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Evans Avenue and Roosevelt Road.