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PORTER COUNTY

Tax return complicated by ID theft

A 47-year-old rural Porter County woman recently learned her tax return, filed jointly with her husband, was rejected by the IRS because someone else already had used her social security number to file. While filling out identity theft paperwork, the woman learned that, so far, there is nothing fraudulent on her credit report, she told police while reporting the crime Wednesday.

Late husband’s identity used

A letter from a collection agency, wanting approximately $300 for an AT&T bill, to a 63-year-old rural Chesterton woman, was how she learned an unknown person has opened at least one account using her deceased husband’s identity. The AT&T account was for a Chicago address and phone number, the woman told police Wednesday.

PORTAGE

Police waited for man to try to drive

While confirming that a registered sex offender was living where he said he was, police learned Tuesday that he allegedly drives his fiancee’s vehicle to work, even though he has lost his driving privileges. Knowing approximately what time James Belinsky would leave for work and what route he might take, a county officer parked at about 2:30 p.m. the next day along Willowcreek Road and stopped Belinsky, 30, of Portage, near the entrance of the toll road, arresting him for operating a vehicle despite being a habitual traffic violator, a felony charge.

SOUTH HAVEN

Tires stolen from boat trailer in yard

Two tires were reported stolen off a boat trailer between 7 a.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Wednesday, from the backyard of a home in the 700 block of McCool Road. The loss was estimated at $350.



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