Chesterton man pleads guilty to string of home break-ins
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent November 8, 2013 6:08PM
Updated: December 10, 2013 6:10AM
VALPARAISO — A Chesterton man is looking at up to 15 years in prison for his guilty plea to a series of north Porter County home break-ins.
Luke J. McCormick, 20, who pleaded guilty to three counts of Class B felony burglary on Friday, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 20, and despite the cap of 15 years on incarceration, could receive 20 years on each count with the remaining time served on probation.
McCormick said he committed about 13 burglaries with Damien Nunez, 23, of Portage.
On Jan. 10, he stole a laptop, Playstation 3, DVDs, games and a Nintendo DS from a South Haven home. On Jan. 18, he stole two handguns from a Portage home, one of which police found in his possession during a Jan. 24 accident on Interstate 94. On Feb. 17, he and others abandoned a Portage robbery when the owner came home, although they took a handgun, a rifle and a jar of coins.
The victim of the last burglary identified McCormick as the man who knocked on his door earlier that day, allegedly looking for a lost dog.
Nunez currently has two Class B felony burglary cases pending in front of Porter Circuit Judge Mary Harper and is scheduled to appear before her Nov. 26.