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Law and Order, Porter County

Updated: April 24, 2013 5:38PM



PORTER COUNTY

911 hang-up leads to drug charges for 5 teens

Four 17-year-olds and an 18-year-old likely will be charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after someone made what may have been a prank 911 call. At about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, police dispatchers received a 911 hang-up call from the 400 block of Friendship Street. When the dispatcher called back, a female voice said “help,” and the phone disconnected.

Officers arriving to the Pleasant Valley Mobile Home Park found the home in question dark, although someone opened and quickly closed the front curtain. A man eventually answered officers’ knocks. While police looked in the home for who could have made the 911 call, which the five occupants denied doing, they found the phone in question on top of a shelving unit and without a battery. Officers also found two pipes with marijuana residue, which one of the teens suggested had been planted by a cousin.

Lawn equipment stolen shortly after delivery

A new lawn vacuum worth $1,300 was reported stolen Tuesday from a home in the 400 east block of north County Road 830. The vacuum was delivered in five boxes at about 1:30 p.m. and left on the driveway east of Indiana 49, about halfway between Chesterton and Valparaiso. The family was at home, according to the police report, but did not hear the items being delivered or taken. They learned of the theft at about 4 p.m., after finding one empty box in front of their garage.

VALPARAISO

Caller asked senior if she was home alone with cash

A 74-year-old city resident told police an unknown man tried to find out if she was home alone and if she had any cash, during a phone call at about 11:35 a.m. Tuesday. The woman said the man, with a “low and gravelly voice,” said he was coming to her home within the next hour to deliver a $2.5 million prize. He also said she needed $250 cash, or at least $100, for insurance. Police watched the area of the woman’s home, in the 1000 east block of Chicago Street, but no one arrived.

Early morning burglary occurred at MenarDs

An alarm sounded at about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday when an unknown person pried open a door on the south side of Menards, 351 S. Silhavy Road. Police also found a opening in the wooden fence surrounding the exterior lumber yard that led to the opened door. Video surveillance showed a man in a brown jacket with a hood over his head, blue jeans and white gym shoes. Two used pressure washers were removed from the property but found near a Dumpster in the 2800 block of Boilermaker Court, about two-tenths of a mile southeast of the business.

Storm drain covers reported stolen

Three metal storm drainage grates were reported stolen between April 17 and Tuesday from the intersection of Winter Garden Drive and Vale Park Road. The loss is estimated at $450.



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