Portage burglary suspects run from moving vehicle, one caught
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent May 13, 2013 3:56PM
Mason Howe. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: May 13, 2013 11:05PM
PORTAGE — Two burglary suspects jumped out of a moving vehicle to try to get away from police at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday.
One succeeded but the other, Mason Howe, 20, of Portage, was arrested for Class B felony burglary.
The suspect who got away, however, is believed to be a 22-year-old East Chicago man who may have ties to a person the burglary victim is accused of battering the day before.
During the break-in, the 32-year-old Portage man was in the Porter County Jail on a charge of felony domestic battery for the Saturday incident.
A resident of the 3000 block of Futura called police at about 4:50 p.m. Sunday, saying two suspicious men had been knocking on his neighbor’s door and then went around to the back of the home, but they fled in a blue Dodge Stratus when they saw him watching them.
Police were unable to find the suspect vehicle.
At about 5:45 p.m., the same neighbor called again, saying the men were back and had loaded a TV into the Dodge.
Police saw the car on Stone Avenue and attempted to stop it, but the driver accelerated, continuing south on Swanson Road.
When the car slowed down at the intersection at Swanson and Willowdale, its two occupants jumped and ran in different directions.
The car, with two televisions in the back seat, came to a stop in a nearby yard.