A LaPorte man faces two felony charges after reportedly helping himself to chocolates from a store there. Officers from the LaPorte Police Department responded to Little Chocolates on 1st Street around 11:30 yesterday morning. An upset store employee told them a man was inside the store acting strangely, and said she thought he stole some chocolate. Officers reportedly found a man matching the suspect’s description walking nearby and eating chocolate. Zacheria Faiyaz, 20, initially told officers he “swiped his card to pay for it” then said the store gives him “free stuff.” Neither story was true, according to the arrest report, which indicates he faces a D felony theft charge. While searching Faiyaz, officers reportedly found an open bag of syringes in his front jacket pocket. Faiyaz admitted he had “relapsed and used again,” according to the arrest report. He faces a second D felony charge for possession of a syringe.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.