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Law and Order Porter County

Updated: February 26, 2013 6:30AM



PORTER COUNTY

Burglar drives
vehicle with spare

Two televisions and jewelry were stolen in a home burglary between 7:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday at a home on County Road 600W north of Lake Eliza. The culprit got in by breaking the back door. Police said tracks showed the culprit backed a vehicle, likely one with a spare tire on the rear passenger wheel, into the backyard. The loss and damages were estimated at $3,590.

Complaint leads
to drug arrests

A driver’s complaint of another vehicle “all over the roadway” resulted in two people arrested on drug charges.

When police stopped the silver Chevrolet Cobalt at about 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Indiana 130 and County Road 250W, west of Valparaiso, driver Miranda Belcher, 21, of rural Porter County, said her poor driving was because she was having trouble charging her cell phone. Police reportedly found two small pieces of suspected heroin, 10 hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia in the car.

Belcher was arrested for possession of heroin and hypodermic needles and for maintaining a common nuisance, all felony charges. Her passenger, Cameron Burns, 21, of Valparaiso, was arrested for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.

Handgun stolen from vehicle

A 9 mm gun was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle overnight Tuesday in the 100 block of Brockton Place, in Shorewood Forest. Neighbors of the victim said their vehicles had been entered overnight also.

VALPARAISO

No insurance,
hits mailboxes

Adam Rogala, 29, of Valparaiso, was given a court date after his vehicle reportedly slid into a stop sign and a structure containing a dozen mailboxes at the corner of Chicago Street and Arbordale Drive. A witness called police after the driver allegedly picked up debris from his vehicle and left the scene. Rogala was charged with leaving the scene of a crash, a misdemeanor charge, and was cited for failure to maintain liability insurance.



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