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Two arrested in catalytic converter thefts

Two men suspected of stealing numerous catalytic converters off vehicles in Porter and Lake counties have been arrested in Lake and charged in Porter.

Eric Goodson, 42, of Merrillville, and Edward Fouts. 28, of Griffith, have each been charged with multiple counts of Class D felony theft in Porter County, according to a Valparaiso Police Department press release.

Police didn’t give an exact number of charges, and charges hadn’t gone through the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office as of Tuesday afternoon.

Both are being held at the Lake County Jail, although the Indiana criminal filings website doesn’t list any Lake charges yet.

The Valparaiso Police Department, Portage Police Department, Porter County Sheriff and Valparaiso University Police learned that Hammond police arrested the two for a similar crime and interviewed Goodson and Fouts.

The men admitted they were involved with the Porter County crimes, the press release said.

Man pleads guilty to burglary

A man already incarcerated in Lake County Jail could receive a six-year prison sentence for a Porter County burglary.

Jeremy LaSalle Roy, 23, pleaded Monday to Class B felony burglary in front of Porter County Superior Judge Mary Harper and is set for an April 15 sentencing date and no part of his six-year sentence marked for probation.

In his plea, Roy admitted to a September 2012 burglary where the homeowner returned early and took down the license plate number of a strange car parked outside with a woman in it.

Between that and DNA on a broken out window by the back door, police identified Roy as the one who stole jewelry and ransacked the master bedroom.

Man admits to robbing alleged drug dealer

A Valparaiso man who admitted to robbing an alleged marijuana dealer’s home because the dealer wasn’t there to sell him and friends drugs is looking at 14 years in prison.

Travis James Talley, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday to Class B felony burglary for the Oct. 16 crime and is set for sentencing on April 3, but a habitual offender enhancement was dropped as part of the plea.

The resident returned home from washing clothes to find a car with a woman parked in the driveway and blocked her in with his car, telling her he had a gun and she should go inside.

Police found her inside, two televisions in the backyard and the smell of burning marijuana in the home.

Officers found Talley and Michael Joseph Daunora walking in the area.

The victim, Joshua Scott of Valparaiso, faces two marijuana-related Class D felony charges because police got a search warrant and found marijuana in the home, and Daunora is set to appear in court May 9 on a Class B burglary charge.

The woman has not been charged.

Man pleads guilty to molesting

A Lakes of the Four Seasons man pleaded guilty Tuesday to molesting a 10-year-old he baby-sat.

For his plea to Class C felony child molesting, Daniel Scott Policiccho, 22, would spend a year in prison and four on probation, and he has an April 22 sentencing date.

The incidents happened between Aug. 1 and Sept. 26, while Policiccho was 21.

The child had accused him of improper sexual touching the year before when they lived in Merrillville, but nobody filed charges after an investigation.



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