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Knox Man Arrested on Meth Charges

A search warrant executed by police Wednesday resulted in the arrest of a Knox man.

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department went to a home in the 9700 East block of County Road 50 South in Knox where they reportedly found two one-pot methamphetamine labs, an HCL generator, precursors, drug paraphernalia, other items used in the manufacture of meth, and the finished product.

Glenn Joseph was arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Chemical Reagents or Precursors, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and Possession of Paraphernalia. He has an additional charge of Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.

Knox City Police Department officers assisted the Starke County Sheriff’s Department in this case as well as the Indiana State Police Clandestine Team.

Knox City Council Authorizes New Sgt. Position for Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

The Knox City Council authorized the creation of a new rank for the Knox City Police Department. During their regular meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Rick Chambers explained to the council that police chief Clint Norem is requesting another rank of sergeant in the department, making a total of two sergeant positions.

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Knox Man Arrested on Heroin Charges

A Knox man was arrested on heroin charges Saturday night.

Knox police officers were called to IU Health Starke Hospital in Knox on a report of a suspicious vehicle. Officers did not locate the vehicle in question in the hospital’s parking lot, but it was spotted in the Five Star parking lot.

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Police Reports

Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
01/19/14 – Officer Frank McDaniels of the North Judson Police Department investigated a car vs. deer accident near the intersection of Railroad Street and Arlington Ave. Damages were estimated over $1,500.

01/18/14 Several calls were received from a residence in the 400 block of Keller Avenue in reference to 911 hang ups, medical assists, and family disputes.

01/16/14 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely assisted at a single vehicle slide-off near 100 west and State Road #10. No injuries or damages were reported.

01/16/14 Police responded to a single vehicle accident near 600 West and State Road #10. No injuries were reported and the vehicle slid into a ditch. North Judson Officer Nick Vanni estimated damages at near $1,000.

01/15/14 Officers received a report of a juvenile problem prior to going to school.

01/15/14 Good to Go Oil in North Judson reported to police that after reviewing videos, a shoplifter was identified from a recent visit. The case remains under investigation.

01/13/14 Police responded to an animal complaint in the 100 Block of Arlington Avenue.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
01/19/14 Officers responded to a landlord/renter dispute.

01/17/14 A fraud complaint was filed.

01/16/14 Officers investigated an alleged battery involving a six-year-old child.

01/10/14 Police responded to call pertaining to interference with visitation.

01/10/14 Knox officers were notified of a possible drug overdose.

01/08/14 Jim Hicks told officers that some unknown person(s) were riding snowmobiles across the property of his business. Some damage was reported.

01/05/14 A Christmas decoration reportedly flew off of a post on the Best Ford property and hit a vehicle in the lot. Heavy winds had forced the wooden decoration off the post. It damaged the right front fender and headlight on a Ford pickup.

01/01/14 Officers investigated a battery incident that reportedly occurred outside of O’s Tap.

Arrests:
01/18/14 Matthew Bradley, 27, 1520 E. 400 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing in Heroin, Possession of Heroin and Possession of a Syringe.

01/13/14 Robin Shivley, 26, 311 Ruthie Dr. #B3, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

01/08/14 Kevin Fawley, 835 S. 250 E., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

12/31/13 Mary Lain, 29, 305 Ruthie Dr. #3, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, Battery with a Deadly Weapon and two felony counts of Battery.

Knox City Police Monthly report-December 2013

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

1/17/14 – Pulaski County Deputies respond to a caller who was reporting a break-in of his shed. He was unsure of when it occurred.

1/18/14 – Pulaski County Deputies responded to a barn that had been reportedly broken into.

1/18/14 – Pulaski Deputies received a call from a Pulaski County resident who was out of town but neighbors advised the resident of possible trespassers.

1/18/14 – Deputies received a reported car theft. The caller was a resident of the Pulaski County Jail.

Two Juveniles in Custody in Vehicle Theft Incidents

Officers from the Knox City Police Department arrested two juveniles who were allegedly involved in several vehicle thefts Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day.

Knox officers were able to use footprints to track and capture the juvenile suspects who reportedly admitted to stealing items from several vehicles all around the Knox area. A search warrant was executed at a 309 Ruthie Drive residence and stolen property was recovered.

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First Responders Rescue Motorist from Submerged Vehicle

The female driver of a vehicle involved in a rollover wreck last night at the intersection of State Roads 8 and 39 was taken to IU Health Starke Hospital for treatment. Dispatchers at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call around 9:30 last night. The caller advised the vehicle had rolled over and was submerged in a ditch. Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Knox City Police Department were able to pull her from the vehicle. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The crash is still under investigation, and the woman’s name has not been released. There’s also no word yet on her condition. Members of the Knox Fire Department and Starke County Medics also responded.

Preliminary Autopsy Finds Infant Died of Natural Causes

An infant who was found unresponsive early Thursday morning in Knox died of natural causes.

Knox City Police Detective Dave Combs, the deputy coroner and a representative from the Department of Child Services learned the preliminary results of the autopsy conducted by a Fort Wayne Pathologist on Friday.

The exact cause of death will not be known for another six to eight weeks as testing is ongoing.

Services for 3-week-old Olivia Robinson were held yesterday afternoon at the Braman and Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson.

Police Reports

Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

Starke County Sheriff's Department

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

11/11/13 – A resident of the 8900 block of East 25 North in Knox reported someone had damaged his mailbox.

11/12/13 – A resident of the 1000 block of West 200 South in Knox told police that a scammer had called him and claimed to be from Key Bank in an attempt to gain financial information.

11/12/13 – A man told police that he was confronted by a man who insulted and threatened him at Next Door Foods in Knox.

11/12/13 – A resident of the 11200 block of East Division Road in Knox reported someone had taken unauthorized control of his vehicle.

11/13/13 – A resident of the 3300 block of West Kamar Lane in North Judson reported she had been battered by her husband.

11/13/13 – Mason Brownfield of North Judson told police he had been battered by a male subject.

11/14/13 – A resident of the 7200 block of North 50 East in Hamlet reported a scam involving a man claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House.

11/14/13 – Susan Christian of North Judson told police she had been contacted from someone requesting money.

11/14/13 – A resident of the 2900 block of South Hilltop Drive in Knox told police someone had tried to steal his boat and damaged another boat in the process.

11/14/13 – Leanne Tunis of Knox told police someone had hit the awning of the Smoke Shop in Knox, causing damage.

11/14/13 – Tiger Minix told police that someone had cut the locks off of the lockers at the storage units near U.S. 35 and County Road 900 South.

11/14/13 – A hit-and-run incident was reported on State Road 10 west of U.S. 35 in Knox.

11/15/13 – Peter Savaste of San Pierre told police that someone had pointed a gun at him and sliced his jacket open with a knife.

11/15/13 – A resident of the 1400 block of South 880 East in Knox reported her husband was the victim of a scam.

11/15/13 – A resident of the 100 block of William Howard Drive in North Judson reported she had been battered and choked by a male subject.

11/15/13 – A resident of the 1500 block of West 450 South in Knox reported someone had stolen her cell phone.

11/16/13 – John Ross told police that someone had caused damage to his property.

11/16/13 – A resident of the 8100 block of North State Road 23 in Walkerton reported someone had broken out the back window of her van.

11/17/13 – The front window of a residence in the 2500 block of South 800 East in Knox was reportedly broken out.

11/17/13 – Steven Swartzell of Monterey reported someone had slashed the tires of his vehicle.

11/17/13 – A resident of the 8800 block of East 25 North in Knox told police the tires on his vehicle were slashed.

11/17/13 – Someone reported threw a mailbox at the bedroom window of a residence in the 6100 block of North State Road 23, breaking it.

11/17/13 – A windshield was busted out in the 11300 block of East 400 South in Culver.

11/17/13 – A resident of the 10400 block of East 400 South in Culver reported someone had flattened his tires and damaged his windshield.

11/17/13 – A resident of the 10900 block of East 400 South in Culver reported someone had damaged his mailbox.

Arrests:

11/16/13 – Eric A. Griffo, 42 of Knox, and Joshua Wayne Shepherd, 25 of Culver, were arrested following a report of battery.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/16/13 Police were advised of a scam. The caller’s wife got a letter with a check. The letter instructed the caller to go to a Western Union and send a payment to another location.

11/16/13 A woman advised that her father’s girlfriend hit her dad over the head with frozen meat, he is on the floor still and bleeding, but conscious. Winamac EMS was called to the location. A suspect was arrested in the incident.

11/15/13 Winamac Police were advised that someone had cut off the locks on 20 storage units. The caller advised that it was unknown if anything was missing out of the storage units.

11/15/13 A woman reported a domestic battery incident to police.

11/15/13 A woman advised she was in Jasper County and just hit a deer. She was transferred to Jasper County Hospital.

11/14/13 Police, EMS and the SWAT team were called to a residence in Medaryville to seek a man who had skipped out on work release and did not report back to the Pulaski County Jail. After a stand off with police, the suspect, 48-year-old James Anthony Miller, was arrested along with 37-year-old Steven Ezekiel Richie and 43-year-old Tanya Fitch. They all face various charges.

11/12/13 A resident in Pulaski County told police that her 18-year-old son is out of control and is threatening her and her 24-year-old son. The man charged with possession and was arrested.

Arrests:
11/19/13 Martin Capulin, 40, of Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charges of Failure to Appear.

11/19/13 Kalen Shepperd, 37, of Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) and Theft.

11/17/13 David Reedy, 24, of Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe or Needle.

11/16/13 Christopher J. Robbins, 22, of Medaryville, IN, arrsted on preliminary charges of Battery, Interference with Reporting a Crime, Intimidation, and Strangulation.

11/15/13 Noble Shelton, 24, of Wheatfield, IN, arrested on a warrant.

11/15/13 Ricky Moser, 37, of Vincennes, IN, arrested on a warrant.

11/15/13 Spencer Allen, 22, of Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana.

11/14/13 Tanya Louise Fitch, 43, of Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule 1 Controlled Substance (Meth), Assisting a Criminal, and Resisting Law Enforcement.

11/14/13 James Anthony Miller, 48, arrested on preliminary charges of Visiting a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule 1 Controlled Substance (Meth), Escape, Resisting Law Enforcement.

11/14/13 Steven, Ezekiel Richie, 37, arrested on preliminary charges of Visiting a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule 1 Controlled Substance (Meth), Assisting a Criminal, and Resisting Law Enforcement.

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
11/16/13 North Judson Police investigated a call about juveniles attempting to gain entry into parked vehicles in the 200 Block of George Street. The suspects were gone upon arrival, however the area will have extra patrols. No items were missing or damages reported, thanks to a concerned citizen reporting the incident.

11/16/13 A minor property damage accident was investigated in the Good to Go parking Lot. A truck pulling out of a parking space struck a parked vehicle. North Judson Officer Frank McDaniel investigated the incident and estimated damages at over $1000. The driver of the pickup truck, Stephen Allen, 31, of North Judson, was arrested for driving while suspended.

11/15/13 Police received a report of a written prescription being lost in the area of the Burger King parking lot.

11/14/13 Police investigated a report of a protective order violation in the 200 Block of Arlington St. A complete report was sent to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office requesting charges.

11/14/13 North Judson Deputy Police Chief Joe Budner responded to the CVS store after learning of a theft from the business. After a brief investigation, police arrested Tim Borman, 23, of Monterey, for Theft.

11/12/13 As a result of an early snow event and a slick roadway, North Judson Police covered a minor injury accident near 700 west and State Road 10. The female driver was transported to Porter Hospital and released. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely investigated the incident and estimated damages at over $3,000.

11/12/13 Report of a mentally unstable and unwanted subject in the 100 Block of Main Street was called into North Judson police. Officers responded and after a second call Donna Campbell, 35, of North Judson, was arrested for Battery on Law Enforcement. She was transported to the Starke County Jail.

11/11/13 An employee from Dollar General reported a possible shoplifter and when police arrived the suspect has already fled the area.

Arrests:
11/16/13 Stephen R. Allen, 31, 5460 W. State Road 10, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended – Prior.

11/14/13 Timothy L. Borman, 23, Ash Street, of Monterey, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

11/12/13 Donna F. Campbell, 35, 208 Lincoln Avenue, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery on Law Enforcement.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
11/08/13 Robert Fultz reported the theft of a tattoo gun and electronic equipment.

11/07/13 Officers engaged in a pursuit with a black vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and did not stop at any stop signs. The officer was unable to catch the suspect.

11/06/13 Officers investigated a hit and run accident at Pizza King.

11/05/13 Vicki Risner reported a burglary.

11/02/13 Jason Clemons reported the theft of deer stands.

11/01/13 Vandalism was reported at Wythogan Park. Damage was fone to the restrooms and graffiti was visible on several pieces of equipment at the skate park.

11/01/13 Robert Fultz reported the theft of a cell phone.

10/30/13 Chantell Sitek reported her vehicle stolen.

10/24/13 Detectives were called to investigate a burglary at a home on S. Heaton Street.

10/24/13 Officers responded to a battery complaint.

10/23/13 Police investigated a fraud complaint.

10/21/13 An employee at Five Star reported the theft of pallets.

10/21/13 Robert Fultz reported the theft of a TV.

10/16/13 Vandalism was reported at the Oak Park cemetery. Garbage cans were spray pained, a headstone was knocked over and items were taken from graves.

10/15/13 A resident told police her checkbook was stolen.

Arrests:
11/09/13 Tommy King, 60, 5202 S. Holiday St., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a BAC of at least .15%.

11/05/13 Robert Fultz, 25, 104 S. Prettyman St. #2, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Drug Lab within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, Dumping Controlled Waste Substance, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

11/05/13 James Clemons, 47, 600 E. Culver Road, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Drug Lab within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, Dumping Controlled Waste Substance, and Visiting a Common Nuisance.

11/05/13 Serena Clemons, 26, 2690 E. Tribue Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Drug Lab within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Attempted Overpurchase of Pseudoephedrine.

11/05/13 Lisa Clemons, 28, 300 W. Riverside Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Drug Lab within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, and Visiting a Common Nuisance.

11/02/13 William Spencer, 57, 328 W. Spruce Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

11/01/13 Courtney Owens, 25, 11018 E. Iroquois Rd., Walkerton, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing in a Substance Represented to be a Controlled Substance, Auto Theft, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

11/01/13 Ryan Anguiano, 21, 914 S. Michigan St. #1, Plymouth, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Visiting a Common Nuisance.

Knox City Police Department Monthly Report-October

Knox City Police Department Investigating Infant Death

The Knox City Police Department is investigating the death of an infant.

Officers were called to the Woods Apartment complex at 701 E. Danker St. after dispatchers received a report of an infant who was not breathing. Medics from Starke County EMS arrived at the scene and were assisted by officers in the care of the infant. The child was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

This incident remains under investigation with the Knox City Police Department. Foul play is not suspected, however an autopsy is scheduled for today. The child’s name is currently being withheld pending the outcome of the investigation.

Knox Board of Public Works Approves Police Department Vehicle Purchase

The Knox Board of Public Works approved the purchase of a Dodge Avenger SE for the Knox City Police Department.

Three quotes were sought for the car. The lowest bid of $17,894 came from Thomas Dodge in Highland, Indiana. The city has dealt with the company in purchasing squad cars for the police department in previous situations.

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Drug Take Back Event This Saturday

The Indiana State Police is partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in a drug take back event.

You are encouraged to take your unwanted, expired and unused prescription medication to any Indiana State Police Post (except for the Toll Road Post in Bristol, IN) for proper disposal. There will be a designated receptacle for you to drop off your medication and no questions will be asked.

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Few Violations of City Golf Cart Ordinance

Golf cart use on public roadways has been a hot topic ever since the state gave city and town government officials the option of adopting an ordinance for their use within jurisdictions.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem said residents have upheld the laws of the city’s ordinance.

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Police Reports

Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

Starke County Sheriff's Department

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

10/08/13 – Weapons were reported stolen from a home in the5 00 block of North State Road 23 in Knox.

10/09/13 – A woman reported an autumnal piece with orange flowers had been stolen from a grave at Fletcher’s Cemetery.

10/09/13 – Items were reportedly stolen from the Round Up Bar on State Road 8.

10/09/13 – Fuel was reportedly siphoned from a truck near the Grovertown Truck Stop.

10/09/13 – A resident of the 5500 block of East 800 South in Knox reported a male suspect had stolen money from her.

10/10/13 – A suspect reportedly slashed tires on a vehicle in the 8900 block of East Campbell Street in Knox.

10/10/13 – A resident of the 5100 block of Summerholme Drive in Knox told police that someone had broken into his residence and stolen his medication.

10/10/13 – A resident of the 500 block of South State Road 23 in Knox reported a possible scam involving an automated recording claiming to be 1st Farmers Bank.

10/11/13 – Kankakee Valley REMC reported an illegal meter at a home in the 1200 block of West 200 South in North Judson.

10/13/13 – A resident of the 1800 block of East 250 South in Knox reported someone has been trying to break into his residence.

Arrests:

10/08/13 – Carlton Lewis Buck, 32 of Knox, was arrested following a warrant check in the 5600 block of Shady Lane in Knox.

10/10/13 – Sean Combs, 35 of Knox, was arrested following a warrant check in the 2400 block of South 250 East in Knox.

10/13/13 – An underage drinking party on Tribue Drive in Knox was broken up by police and several people were arrested, including Andrew W. Ledford, 18; Tyler Brandon Keeton, 18 of Knox; Kendall Minix, 18; Joshua Mathew Noble, 18 of North Judson; Alexandrea Lin Bailey, 20 of Winamac; Marissa Renee Rodgers, 19 of Fort Wayne; Sarah Vongsavanh Sourivong, 18 of Elkhart; Jacob Thomas Howsare, 19 of North Judson; Kevin Douglas Shaia, 20 of North Judson; Bruce Wayne Baxter, 20 of North Judson; Grant Delmer Campbell, 18 of North Judson; Kenneth Michael Reed, 19 of North Judson; Kabrina Sierra Baker, 18 of North Judson; Brian Yurgilas, 18; Nicole Marie Staerkel, 18 of Knox.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
10/13/13 A domestic issue was investigated.

10/11/13 Carolyn Miller reported the theft of a stereo.

10/11/13 Waylon White reported a car stereo stolen.

10/09/13 An employee with BP reportedly found a counterfeit $10 bill.

10/09/13 Christine Batchelor told police that her vehicle was vandalized.

10/08/13 A battery incident was investigated.

10/07/13 A harassment incident was reported.

10/04/13 A representative with a doctor’s office reported the theft of Xanax.

10/02/13 Sherry Jones reported a hit and run accident.

Arrests:
10/14/13 Steven Brown, 41, 18104 Cumberland Rd., Noblesville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Trespass, Trespassing on Railroad Property, Possession of a Handgun without a permit and Serious Violent Felon in Possession of a Handgun.

10/1313 Alfredo Hernandez, 38, 315 Ostrander Ct., Knox, IN, arrested on Public Intoxicated.

10/11/13 Danielle Diaz, 408 E. Delaware St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.

10/10/13 Arthur Campbell, 49, 507 S. Heaton St. #1, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Neglect of a Dependent.

10/04/13 Jerry Cappis, 55, 3190 Blackford Dr., Tippecanoe, IN, arrested on preliminary Public Intoxicated and Possession of a Marijuana.

10/04/13 Natasha Long, 29, 713 Virginia St., Walkerton, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Battery (two counts), Neglect of a Dependent (two counts), Possession of Marijuana and Resisting Law Enforcement.

10/01/13 Jade Draper, 21, 7200 E. 25 N., Knox, IN, arrested on an arrest warrant.

Knox City Police Department Monthly Report-September

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/15/13 A woman reportedly attempted to take a few items from a store, covered up in a stroller. The complainant believes he got everything out of the stroller.

10/12/13 Police were called to a fight in Winamac.

10/12/13 Reports were made to dispatchers of fires along side of the road. An investigation is pending.

10/14/13 Police responded to domestic call.

10/15/13 A caller advised that someone had cracked his front window.

10/15/13 A car vs. deer accident was investigated on U.S. 35 near the sewage plant just south of Winamac.

10/15/13 A Pulaski County officer assisted Fulton County police in reference to an escape Pulaski County work release. A subject was taken to Fulton County Jail.

10/15/13 A caller advised of child restraint violation.

10/15/13 A woman told police that a highway truck sprayed paint on her vehicle.

10/15/13 Pulaski County police were dispatched to a domestic issue.

10/15/13 Winamac police were notified of two possible theft incidents.

10/14/13 Winamac Police were notified of a break-in at a home.

10/14/13 A caller told dispathcers that she backed into a tree on her property and totaled her car. $4000 in damage was reported.

10/12/13 Two fire departments were called to a field fire. An investigation is pending.

10/11/13 A caller advised that a truck was on its side on highway 421. The driver of the truck was up and walking around but there was fuel leaking from the truck. EMA director Larry Hoover was advised as well as the Francesville Fire Department.

10/10/13 A complainant reported the theft of $170 from his unlocked vehicle.

10/10/13 An employee at a local gas station reported a failure to pay for fuel in the amount of $77.

10/09/13 Winamac police advised a homeowner that due to a town ordinance, burning trash is illegal in town limits.

10/08/13 A caller told police that someone broke into his shed and stole his welder and possibly other items.

10/08/13 A Francesville resident told police that some unknown person(s) stole a generator, change and Xanax out of his garage.

10/08/13 Police were called to a personal injury accident on U.S. 35 north of the Cass County line. A man rolled his vehicle but was up and walking around. He was taken to local hospital.

10/08/13 Members of the Francesville Fire Department were called to a hay fire.

Arrests:
10/15/13 Timothy Belue, 42, of Winamac, IN, arrested on an out of county warrant.

10/12/13 Jeremiah Balczo, 22, of LaPorte, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

10/12/13 Destinee Wolff, 19, of Kingsford Heights, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

10/12/13 John Zupko, 24, of LaPorte, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, Resisting Law Enforcement and Disorderly Conduct.

10/11/13 Jefferey Manns, 29, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant.

 

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
10/10/13 A resident in the 400 block of Main Street reported to police that he was battered by another male subject. A completed report will be turned over to the Starke County Prosecutor for review.

10/10/13 North Judson Police responded to the Dollar General/CVS Parking lot in reference to two females fighting. One of the females fled the scene because she thought she had a warrant and the other female did not want to press charges. The fight was over some clothing.

10/10/13 Police assisted Starke County Community Corrections deputies in the 5200 block of Holiday Street.

10/10/13 Police assisted Starke County Sheriff’s Department deputies in the 5400 block of County Road 250 W. on a battery complaint.

10/09/13 Officers received an anonymous tip of a wanted subject in a residence in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue. North Judson Officer Frank McDaniel located the wanted female, Kayla Jo Belue, 23, and she was arrested on a Starke County warrant. Belue was transported to the Starke County Jail without incident.

10/08/13 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas performed a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of Arlington Avenue and Oakwood Street. After a brief investigation, the driver, James Franklin Richie Jr., 40, was arrested on a Starke County Circuit Court Warrant. James Richie was transported to the Starke County Jail without incident.

10/07/13 North Judson Police responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of Main Street and Keller Avenue. Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the accident. A female driver on Keller Avenue stated she did not see the semi and trailer. She ran into the two rear outer tires of the trailer. Chief Deputy Budner estimated the damages at over $5,000.00.

Arrests:
10/09/13 Kayla Jo Belue, 23, of Knox, IN, was arrested on a Starke County warrant.

10/08/13 James Franklin Richie Jr., 40, of North Judson, IN was arrested on a Starke County Circuit Court warrant.

Medication Drop Box in Use at Knox City Police Department

The Knox City Police Department pill drop is helpful, according to City Police Chief Clint Norem.

He said residents have been taking unwanted, expired and unused prescription medications to the lobby of the police department and depositing them into the drop box for collection. Chief Norem explained that those medications are logged and then stored until DEA officials can collect those medications for incineration.

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Knox Pair Arrested on Drug Charges

  Two Knox residents were arrested Wednesday after a month-long investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics.

Officers from the Knox City Police Department arrived at 1004 Virginia Lane Apartment 22 in the Golden Acres Apartment Complex to serve a search warrant as it was believed that one of the tenants was selling drugs.

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Police Reports

Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

Starke County Sheriff's Department

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

09/02/13 – A resident of the 6700 block of North State Road 23 in Knox told police that someone had stolen a scooter overnight.

09/02/13 – Vandalism was reported in the 3300 block of South County Road 210 in Knox.

09/02/13 – A resident of the 10800 block of East 400 North in Grovertown reported someone was tearing up his fields on a four-wheeler.

09/03/13 – Property damage was reported in the 6400 block of East Rannell’s Road.

09/03/13 – James Nawara of Knox told police that someone had stolen his 16-foot jon boat.

09/03/13 – A resident of the 300 block of South 500 East in Knox told police that he had found a meth lab in his girlfriend’s garage.

09/04/13 – A resident of the 1700 block of South 550 East in Knox told police that her deceased brother’s truck had been stolen.

09/04/13 – A burglary was reported at a shed in the 3100 block of South 750 East in Knox.

09/04/13 – A trash bin was reportedly hit and damaged in the 2000 block of East 200 South in Knox.

09/05/13 – Randy Mareska told police that someone had tampered with the ignition on his truck.

09/05/13 – A theft was reported in the 7100 block of North 900 East in Walkerton.

09/05/13 – A theft was reported in the 3400 block of South 200 East in Knox.

09/06/13 – A resident of the 4200 block of North 700 East in Grovertown told police he had found a wallet in the road.

09/06/13 – An elderly resident of the 1400 block of East 250 South in Knox reported her song had battered her.

09/07/13 – A resident of the 100 North block of North Judson reported a theft.

09/08/13 – A resident of the 11000 block of Ostego Lane in Walkerton told police that someone had paintballed the outside of her home.

Arrests:

09/02/13 – Xingyu You, 23 of Columbus, was arrested on charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Reckless Driving.

09/07/13 – Marvin R. Miller, 25 of San Pierre, was arrested on charges of Resisting Law Enforcement.

09/08/13 – Eurrat L. Saylor, 22, was arrested on charges of Resisting.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/11/13 Emergency responders were called to an accident at U.S. 421 and W. Maple Street in Medaryville. Minor injuries were reported.

09/11/13 A resident advised that $600 in cash and a house key were stolen from the caller’s home.

09/11/13 A caller reported the theft of gas.

09/08/13 A caller told police that he was looking for his friend and nobody had seen him or talked to him in some time. Police later learned the man was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail.

09/08/13 A resident reported a cat was found shot on a porch.

09/08/13 Subjects with a metal detector in the Winamac Town Park were asked to leave as having that type of device in the park is illegal.

09/08/13 Children at the town park reportedly dug up skeletal remains. Police thought it was probably an animal.

09/07/13 The Winamac Fire Department was called to a vehicle fire on 100 East south of 315 South. No one was injured and the vehicle was off the roadway.

09/07/13 Police took a report of a dog bite.

09/07/13 The Monterey Fire Department was called to a fire that had consumed an entire back yard at someone’s home. The caller said someone was burning trash and it got out of hand.

Arrests:
09/11/13 Kimberly Patterson, 36, of Goodland, IN, arrested on an active warrant for Failure to Appear.

09/09/13 Michael Hughes, 24, of Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

09/09/13 Craig Cranmer, 51, of Saginaw, MI, arrested on a small claims warrant and preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended and Possession of Marijuana.

09/05/13 Alexander Kleronomos, 34, of Portage, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Invasion of Privacy and a petition to revoke probation.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
09/09/13 Angela Peterson told police that she was involved in a hit and run accident. She had a bag that her purse was in when she was riding her bike and found it to be missing after being released from the hospital.

09/09/13 The Assistant Principal at Knox High School filed a report with police about a student with a knife on a bus. The student was not threatening anyone with it and punishment is being handled by the administration.

09/08/13 Patricia Clemons reported the theft of a laptop computer.

09/06/13 Christy Dunn reported mailbox damage.

09/04/13 A Knox man had a visit from an unknown suspect who told him he was being chased. The subject asked the man if he could come inside and the homeowner asked him to wait on the porch so he could call the police. The subject said that he didn’t want the police called, he just wanted to go into the house. The homeowner again asked the man to wait on the porch while he called police. When the homeowner went to get the phone the suspect left.

09/04/13 Mercedes Stone reported the theft of several items after some unknown suspect(s) broke into her home.

09/03/13 Knox police were called to a resident on S. Bower Street in reference to unsanitary living conditions.

08/29/13 An employee at Next Door Foods reported the theft of $10 in gas from a pump.

08/23/13 Dr. Wetzel reported the theft of a framed picture.

08/23/13 William Prater, 31, 5412 S. 250 W., North Judson, IN, cited for Driving While Suspended.

Arrests:
09/07/13 Victoria Buss, 23, 1415 W. 250 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication, Resisting Law Enforcement and Walking in Right of Way on Railroad Property.

09/04/13 James Daugherty, 33, arrested on an active warrant.

09/02/13 Gregory Luczak, 33, 4755 S. 350 E., Knox, IN, arrested on an active warrant.

08/28/13 Michael Silanskis, 45, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

08/27/13 James Matthews, 425 Fear Ct., Knox, IN, arrested on a parole warrant out of Michigan.

08/26/13 Matthew Stamper, 32, 550 E. Washington St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

08/25/13 Denice Lisac, 51, 501 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

08/24/13 Cheryl Selby, 50, 1315 N. Malibu St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

08/24/13 Robert Masuka, 45, 1101 S. Roosevelt Rd., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with at least .08% BAC, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Controlled Substance in the Body, and Resisting Law Enforcement.

 

Operation Pullover Efforts Continue in Starke County

Officers in the Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership have been conducting impaired driving patrols since Aug. 16 in the state’s Operation Pullover Blitz #76.

Coordinator Dave Combs from the Knox City Police Department said the patrols have been successful.

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Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
08/24/13 Shortly after midnight, an out-of-town woman had driven her vehicle into a ditch on Campbell Avenue near Hubeny Street. No injuries occurred. North Judson Chief Doug Vessely investigated the incident and estimated damages at over $2,000.

08/23/13 A report of loud music in the 200 Block of Park Avenue was made.

08/23/13 A tenant in the 200 Block of Talmer Avenue reported to North Judson Police that unknown subject[s] had siphoned gasoline from his truck sometime during the night. Close to five gallons was missing. An older full-size white pickup, driven by a male in his 50s, about 5’10″, and reddish gray hair, was observed in the area prior to the theft. Anyone with information is asked to call the North Judson police at 574-772-5914.

08/23/13 North Judson Police assisted the Starke County Sheriff with a report of a fight in the 7100 Block of 250 West. Police stated no fighting was going on.

08/22/13 Police were involved in a complaint of a vehicle repair. The call originated in the 200 Block of Lane Street. The matter was a civil case.

08/22/13 A vehicle drove off of State Road 10 near Oakwood and caused some damage to a guide wire and a front lawn. The maroon pickup fled the scene. The truck was later located and a full report taken.

08/21/13 North Judson Police responded to a family dispute involving a battery in the 3800 Block of Third Street. The incident was settled.

08/21/13 Police continue to investigate a fraud complaint in the 100 Block of E. Talmer Avenue. Unknown subject[s] used a debit card online spending around $31.00. The account was closed.

08/19/13 Police investigated a child custody dispute along with the school system. Child protective services were notified.

08/19/13 A report of a civil matter over a go-cart between an uncle and nephew was handled by police. The incident occurred in the 400 Block of Vine.

08/19/13 Two adult females were involved in a battery complaint in the 300 Block of Lane Street. North Judson Police furnished a complete report to the Starke County Prosecutor for review.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
08/25/13 Pulaski County deputies were notified of a large group of people arguing. Police learned that the members of the group were upset in knowing the death of a family member.

08/25/13 Police were called to an accident on State Road 119 in Star City.

08/25/13 The caller stated that her boyfriend bought a car the previous day and now it’s been stolen.

08/25/13 A complainant stated that a burned car was found in front of the caller’s corn field.

08/25/13 A caller told police that at terrible odor was emitting from her basement and is unable to go to the basement to see what is causing the odor. Police found that a freezer was unplugged and contained spoiled food. Members of the Medaryville Volunteer Fire Department removed the freezer from the home.

08/22/13 A caller stated that her son’s vehicle was broken into and items were stolen. Blood evidence was taken from the scene.

08/22/13 A Winamac woman reported her son’s bicycle was stolen.

08/22/13 A resident reported the theft of two guns.

08/22/13 A Medaryville man came home to find that someone broke into his garage and shed. Several items were stolen.

08/22/13 A Star City resident told police that he found the front door to his home open and several items were missing.

08/22/13 A Winamac woman told police that her moped was stolen out of her yard.

Arrests:
08/26/13 Jamie Clark, 39, of Aura, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

08/20/13 Robert Manns, 38, of North Judson, IN arrested on a probation violation.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
08/26/13 A battery incident was reported to police.

08/26/13 A fraud report was filed.

08/19/13 An harassment report was taken by police.

08/19/13 Officers responded to a domestic violence call.

Arrests:
08/25/13 Crystal Bogess, 34, 307 Ruthie Dr. #A2, Knox, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants.

08/25/13 Denise Lisac, 51, 501 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

08/22/13 James Landrum, 4653 S. U.S. 35, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

08/20/13 Michael Hoekman, 253 E. Mound St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Burglery and Theft.

08/20/13 Zachary Tomerlin, 19, 908 S. Pearl St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of a Syringe, Possession of a Narcotic Drug (heroin), and two active arrest warrants.

08/20/13 Stephanie McKenna, 20, 5308 S. Western Ave., Knox, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
08/19/13 – A theft incident was reported in the 1900 block of South State Road 23 in Knox where several items were reportedly stolen from a man’s yard.

08/19/13 – A mother and daughter were reportedly getting physically violent in a vehicle in the 8500 block of East 850 South in Monterey.

08/19/13 – A resident of the 100 block of Allen Drive in Knox reported a possible prowler outside of her residence.

08/20/13 – A female subject told police that she had been battered in North Judson.

08/20/13 – Margaret Leggero of Bass Lake told police that a jetski had floated up to her property in the weeds and she believed in may have been the stolen jetski from the Bass Lake Beach and Campground.

08/20/13 – A resident of the 8900 block of East 150 South in Knox told police the tires on his vehicle had been slashed.

08/21/13 – A resident of the 9800 block of East 100 North in Knox reported that someone had stolen her identity.

08/21/13 – A caller told police that a female driving a Grey Pontiac Grand Am had run over a sign at the intersection of Range Road and State Road 10.

08/21/13 – A resident of the 7100 block of East 150 South in Knox reported someone had stolen items from his vehicle.

08/21/13 – Burglars reportedly broke into a home in the 8700 block of East 50 South in Knox.

08/23/13 – A residence in the 8700 block of East 700 North in Walkerton was reportedly broken into.

08/24/13 – A building in the 2100 block of North Garba Drive in Knox was reportedly burglarized.

08/24/13 – A Knox man reported his ex-wife sold his belongings at the pawn shop.

08/25/13 – A Knox resident told police that her son’s friend stole a $50 bill from her cigarette pack.

08/25/13 – Sherri Drake of Walkerton reported someone had backed into her mailbox and attempted to flee the scene.

08/26/13 – A female subject was reportedly battered by her boyfriend in North judson.

Arrests:

08/21/13 – Robert Tellstorm, 57 of Monterey, was arrested on charges of Public Intoxication, Intimidation, and False Reporting after a neighbor reported he had been harassing her.

08/21/13 – Chase Alexander Mareska, 21 of North Judson, was arrested on charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Vicodin, Possession of Kolonopin, and Intimidation.

08/23/13 – Jeremiah J. Fort of North Judson was arrested on charges of Possession of Syringe, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia, and no Operators, Chauffeurs or Public Passengers License When Required.

08/25/13 – Dennis L. Redlin, 55 of Knox, was arrested for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated as a Class A misdemeanor.

08/25/13 – John E. Clemons, 41 of Knox, was arrested for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Bribery.

Police Reports

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
08/17/13 A break-in was investigated at the USA Cafe.

08/15/13 Officers responded to a report of a protection order violation.

08/14/13 Mary Morrow, 36, 0995 N. 200 E., Knox, IN, was cited for Driving While Suspended-Prior.

08/13/13 William Clemons, 32, 202 EW. Locust Dr., Knox, IN, cited for Driving While Suspended-Prior.

08/13/13 A complaint of trespassing and property damage was made to police.

08/11/13 A hit and run accident was investigated. No injuries were reported.

Arrests:
08/17/13 Ryan Reyes, 18, 2440 N. 700 E., Grovertown, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Conversion and Possession of Marijuana.

08/16/13 Christopher McCurdy, 46, 504 E. Culver Rd., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, Strangulation and Possession of Marijuana.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
08/19/13 An impaired driver complaint was called in. Police reportedly found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and detained the suspect.

08/19/13 Police in Francesville were called to a domestic complaint.

08/19/13 A Winamac woman told police that both sets of her keys were found in her mailbox.

08/19/13 Winamac police were notified that a woman was sitting on the curb near the Emergency Room parking spaces at Pulaski Memorial Hospital and someone ran over her feet.

08/19/13 The Medaryville Police officer was flagged down as a citizen found a bag with marijuana in it at the cemetery.

08/19/13 Police were notified that a person was battered and medication was stolen from the victim.

08/18/13 Francesville police, Winamac EMS, Winamac Fire Department and sheriff’s deputies responded to a motorcycle crash. One man was injured.

08/18/13 A man called police and reported his girlfriend hit a dog and the vehicle sustained a good amount of damage.

08/17/13 A Winamac man told police that someone damaged his plants.

08/17/13 A foreclosure company notified police about a break-in at a residence in Denham.

08/17/13 Winamac police were called to investigate a domestic battery incident.

08/16/13 The theft of gas was called into the sheriff’s department. The driver was contacted and returned to pay for the gas.

08/16/13 A Monterey resident reported his vehicle stolen. Police later found the vehicle in a ditch.

08/16/13 A Star City resident reported a break-in at her cabin and a lot of damage was done.

08/15/13 A Medaryville woman was threatened by a neighbor.

08/15/13 A Francesville woman reported the theft of three rings.

08/14/13 A Star City resident called police to report an overnight theft of fuel hoses and other items.

08/14/13 A Medaryville resident reported that some unknown person(s) flattened all of the complainant’s vehicle’s tires.

08/14/13 The Winamac Police Department was notified of the theft of three bags of feed from the back of a pickup while it was parked at a restaurant.

Arrests:
08/20/13 Robert Manns, 38, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a probation violation.

08/19/13 Karen Howard, 44, of Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors with Intent to Manufacture, Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

08/17/13 Nicholas Chambers, 25, of Rochester, IN, arrested on Failure to Appear for Fact Finding. Stay was lifted on contempt.

08/17/14 Dustin Kanschat, 33, of Kewanna, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

08/15/13 Tiffany Witham, 31, of Delong, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Non-Payment of Child Support.

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
08/17/13 North Judson police responded to a juvenile driving a vehicle in the area of Magnolia Street and Garfield Ave. The officer checked the area and was not able to locate the vehicle.

08/16/13 A resident reported that her son was being harassed by another juvenile. The officer spoke with the parent of the accused and she stated that she would correct the problem.

08/16/13 A resident in the 4000 block of Roberts Lane reported that an unwanted guest was asked to be removed from the residence. The male subject left without incident.

08/15/13 Police responded to a reckless driving complaint on Campbell Drive by an employee at the bus garage. A male subject in a pick-up was doing donuts in the gravel as students were walking home from school. The officer checked the area and was unable to locate the vehicle.

08/15/13 North Judson Police responded to a possible intoxicated driver complaint on Talmer Ave. The vehicle was pulled over and the driver was not intoxicated, but was tired. The driver was almost home and was allowed to continue home.

08/15/13 Police responded to a property damage accident just west of Bau’s Towing on State Road 10. The driver of the vehicle advised the officer that they struck a deer. There was no damage to the vehicle and the deer was dead.

08/14/13 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely responded to an accident with injuries at the intersection of W. Talmer Ave. and George Street. The driver of the vehicle that was rear-ended was transported to I.U. Health Starke Hospital with a complaint of back pain. Chief Vessely estimated the damage over $1,000. Starke County EMS and the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department assisted at the scene.

08/14/13 A resident reported to North Judson police that a young male was driving recklessly on a moped in the area of Arlington Ave. The officer checked the area and was unable to locate the male subject.

08/14/13 Police responded to a barking dog complaint in the 300 block of N. George Street. When the officer arrived, he did not hear any dog barking.

08/13/13 A resident in the 4700 block of W. Talmer Ave. reported that a male subject that she did not know rang her doorbell early in the morning. Officers checked the area and were unable to locate the male subject.

08/13/13 North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner assisted the Starke County Sheriff’s Department in a stand-off situation in Born’s Trailer Park. The suspect, Shannon Watts, was taken into custody.

08/12/13 The North Judson Police Department responded to several calls for lines and poles down after heavy rain and storms moved through the area.

Knox Man Arrested on Burglary, Theft Charges after Incident at USA Cafe

A man has been taken into custody after a burglary at the USA Cafe in Knox over the weekend.

In the early morning hours on Saturday, the suspect, 22-year-old Michael Hoekman, reportedly entered the building through a window in the rear of the building. He then allegedly stole electronic items worth approximately $1,500.

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