Law and Order Porter County
April 15, 2013 2:32PM
Updated: April 15, 2013 6:29PM
Pile of unknown man’s clothes left at burglary scene
A puzzling burglary happened between midnight Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday, in which $200 cash was taken from the resident’s purse and articles of men’s clothing were left behind. The 23-year-old victim, who lives in an apartment in the 500 block of East Indiana Avenue, told police she was at home during the entire time period but did not enter her living room until 11 a.m., when she found the clothing piled on a chair on top of her purse. The door was locked and there was no sign of a break-in. Police said the clothing included several size medium T-shirts, one featuring the Wheeler High School Logo, two pairs of black pants, jeans, and two black baseball caps. Police are investigating.
Masked man attempted to burglarize car wash
Surveillance video of a burglary showed an unknown man throw a brick through a window to get into the office of Soft Touch Car Wash, 1303 Vale Park Road, and checking if the safe was unlocked. He left when the business’s alarm panel lit up, at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Although police already were on the way, for a complaint of breaking glass, they were unable to locate a suspect, described as about 6-feet tall and weighing 230 pounds, carrying a flashlight and wearing a hooded jacket, jeans, gloves and a nylon mask. The damages are estimated at $800.
Four-wheeler stolen from landscaping business
A white, 2009 Suzuki 750 King Quad four-wheeler was reported stolen overnight from Aquatic Control, 3001 Cascade Drive, from a fenced-in area where the water landscaping business keeps vehicles, boats and trailers. The fence had been cut and then pulled open, police said. A key to the $8,000 vehicle was inside its storage compartment.
Battery suspect also disrupted neighborhood
John Sandberg, 47, was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery at about 9:50 p.m. Sunday at his apartment, in the 200 block of North Michigan Avenue. The 50-year-old female victim told police Sandberg had been drunk all weekend and he hits her when he drinks, allegedly punching her in the arm at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, and in the back of the head that evening just before she called police. Police said Sandberg was yelling profanities and disturbing the neighborhood, so he was charged with disorderly conduct also.
Woman battered teen who asked her not to swear
When a 14-year-old girl asked a group of young adults to stop swearing since there were children playing nearby, an 18-year-old woman admitted arguing with the younger teen and pushing her to the ground. This happened at about 6:45 p.m. Sunday in the Whispering Sands Mobile Home Park, 13 W. U.S. 6, said police, who noted the 14-year-old was wearing a cast for a broken arm at the time of the incident. The victim told police she hit the 18-year-old twice as the older teen chased her after pushing her down. The older teen also allegedly was throwing punches but missed. Prosecutors are considering charging the 18-year-old with misdemeanor battery.
Teen battered Mom for taking phone
A 15-year-old female is charged with allegedly battering her mother around 11 a.m. Sunday at their home, in the 600 block of North Lake/Porter County Line Road. The 43-year-old victim told police she had walked into the teen’s bedroom to see if she was ready to go shopping, and the teen ordered her to get out of her room and kicked her in the shin. The mother said she then took away the teen’s cell phone and the suspect chased and wrestled her for it, striking the woman in the nose. The teen was released to her parents.
Chicago woman with expired plate arrested
When stopped for an expired license plate, Erin Andershock, 29, of Chicago, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance - two and a half pills of generic Xanax she admitted were not prescribed to her - and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The traffic stop took place at about 5 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 30, west of Valparaiso.