A La Porte County jailer was arrested after he was caught burglarizing a home for the second time. La Porte County Sheriff Michael Mollenhauer announced the arrest of 33-year-old Brandon A. Walker yesterday, a six-year veteran of the La Porte County Jail.
Mollenhauer said that the Sheriff’s Office received a call on Monday regarding a burglary in the 1600 East block of Coolspring Avenue. When police arrived, they confirmed that a burglary had taken place at the home and immediately launched their investigation.
Less than six hours later, the La Porte County 911 Regional Dispatch Center received another call reporting a burglary in progress at the same home. The homeowner told dispatch that he discovered someone in the house who immediately fled. Fortunately, a friend of the victim was able to chase the suspect and hold him down until police could arrive.
Investigators quickly arrived and arrested Walker, who is now charged with two counts of Burglary as a Class B felony and is being held in the La Porte County Jail. He is currently awaiting his initial hearing in La Porte County Superior Court I, scheduled for Dec. 20.
Mollenhauer said this behavior will not be tolerated, and said Walker was immediately placed on suspension. He has since been terminated, and Mollenhauer said his department is greatly disappointed in this situation but will continue to hold employees to a very high standard.