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Law and Order: Employee accused of stealing from Valparaiso restaurant

Updated: February 4, 2014 10:37AM



VALPARAISO

Fast-food employee
accused of stealing

A LaPorte woman faces up to three years in jail for allegedly stealing $720 over three months from a Valparaiso fast food job.

Laura A. Waggoner, 37, is charged with Class D felony theft and accused of using a contest “gift giveaway” function on registers to take the money from August through October.

Waggoner was not listed as a Porter County Jail inmate Thursday, but bail bond is set at $1,000 cash.

Playstation theft nets year in jail

Stealing a neighbor’s Playstation 3 after the neighbor refused to lend it to him will cost a Portage man a year in Porter County Jail.

Porter County Superior Court Judge Mary Harper sentenced David Adrien Alexander, 24, for his Oct. 14 plea to Class D felony theft, a plea down from Class C felony burglary that carried a two to eight year sentence.

Court records state Alexander entered the Camelot Manor neighbor’s trailer about 4:30 a.m. May 5 and asked to borrow the device, then later pushed through the screen, telling police later he was allowed to borrow it and then that he took it because she owed him $200.

The sentencing took some time Thursday because of confusion over how much time he had served on this and other offenses, with Harper chastising that if Alexander hadn’t had so many criminal offenses, the accomplished minds of his attorney, the prosecution and the judge wouldn’t have had so much trouble untangling the issues.

Man sentenced for store burglaries

A Peoria, Ill., man involved in a series of about 12 cigarette store burglaries received a six-year sentence Thursday for the July 2010 Chesterton break in.

Lonnie James Williams V, 39, will serve his time for Class C felony burglary concurrent with a sentence in another county and with two pending charges in Lake County and a New Jersey sentence.

The Cigarette Discount Outlet was burglarized in 2012 on June 4 for $2,311 in merchandise and again July 10 for $2,901 by a man of similar build and mannerisms on each security tape, but the second time Williams left blood and the axe used to shatter the door, and his DNA was matched to an FBI database.

Highland police had also arrested Williams and other suspects for various burglaries July 20, 2012.



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