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Neighbor’s call leads to burglary arrest

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



Police said a man was arrested Tuesday when he allegedly tried to break into a home that had been burglarized the day before.

Elijah Swelfer, 25, of rural Hebron, was charged with two felonies — attempted burglary and resisting law enforcement.

However, Porter County Sheriff’s detectives and prosecutors are working to determine if Swelfer will be charged in the burglary that happened on Monday, also.

At about 1 p.m. Monday, a neighbor of the victim, who lives in the 600 West block of County Road 50S in Porter Township, saw a man walking down the street with a large television in his arms.

He did not tell this to police until after his neighbor returned home later that afternoon and reported that someone had stolen a TV and a handgun from his house, but other valuables were left behind.

Police were called at about noon Tuesday for a suspicious person seen at the back of the same house. When officers arrived, the man ran into a wooded area but was captured. A police dog assisted, and Swelfer was treated for a dog bite.

Fresh pry marks were found a rear window, and a tool with Swelfer’s prints matched them, police said.



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