Three Arrested for Theft of Garden Tractor in LaPorte

A Knox teen and two LaPorte men were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly stealing a garden tractor from a business in LaPorte. According to the report, on June 5 around 12:12 p.m., police were called to a business at 628 Boston St. to investigate a report of three men who had reportedly pushed a garden tractor off the property of the business.

Officers arrived at the scene shortly after but did not find the suspects in the area, so they traveled to a local recycling business to find out if the suspects had taken the tractor there to find its value. A company employee informed police that three men had just pushed a garden tractor into their lot with a vehicle before pushing it onto the weigh scale by hand.

Further investigation led to police reviewing surveillance footage, which showed a gold Chrysler vehicle pushing the tractor onto the lot with three men matching the description provided by the witness. A description of the suspect vehicle and the three suspects were broadcast to other police units in the area, and it wasn’t long before an officer observed the vehicle traveling on East Lincolnway.

Police stopped the vehicle near the intersection of East Lincolnway and Holcomb Street, identifying the suspects and taking them into custody. Anthony Comeno, 19 of Knox; Cain Grisham, 21 of LaPorte; and Tony Clemons, 21 of LaPorte now face charges of Theft as a Class D felony.