Law & Order
BY AMY LAVALLEY Post-Tribune correspondent December 23, 2013 5:18PM
Updated: December 23, 2013 10:30PM
Cigarette thieves take 34 cartons from station
A burglar made off with 34 cartons of Marlboro cigarettes, valued at $1,852.66, early Sunday from the Luke Oil gas station at 151 E. U.S. 6.
The Porter County Sheriff’s Department responded to an alarm at the business at 1:17 a.m. A glass front door of the business, valued at $200, was shattered.
Nearby, police recovered a pair of plastic gloves that may belong to the suspect, who is seen in store video footage wearing a green or black plaid long sleeved coat, jeans and tan boots.
The suspect’s head is covered, and gloves cover his or her hands.
Police have not identified the suspect.
Statue of Mary is stolen from residence Friday
The Grinch paid a visit to a home in the 400 block of Westchester Lane Friday, making off with a plastic statue of Mary holding the baby Jesus.
A homeowner reported the statue stolen at 5:10 p.m. Friday. The suspect cut the electric cord for the statue’s light bulb as well.
Vacation rental scam reported to sheriff
A Center Township woman reported to the Porter County Sheriff’s Department that she’s out $720 after trying to rent a vacation spot in San Diego on Craig’s List.
The woman reported to police at 9 a.m. Friday that she used the Internet sales site about the rental and exchanged email with the supposed renter, whose screen name was CraigJoe. She filled out some paperwork and received a bogus receipt.
The victim’s family in San Diego found out the actual owner of the rental property does not use Craig’s List and has their own website.
stolen from firm
A suspect took an assortment of miscellaneous roofing materials worth $1,780, as well as a petty cash bag containing about $1,000, from Gary Hobart Roofing, 401 E. U.S. 30.
The business reported the theft occurred between 4 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. Friday. The suspect or suspects gained entry to the business by breaking a window.
Hebron woman sought in theft of dad’s van
The Porter County Sheriff’s Department is requesting a warrant for a Hebron woman accused of stealing her father’s van. The charge is a Class D felony.
The father reported at 4:39 p.m. Saturday that his daughter, 24, allegedly used a stolen key to take his van without his permission.
The suspect’s boyfriend texted the father and said she had the vehicle, which was located at Porter Lakes Elementary School almost two hours after it was reported stolen.