Tag Archives: Burglary

Griffith Police Arrest Subject, Credit Vigilant Citizens for Helping

19 Dec interstate 80 94 accident

Gazette Staff

At approximately 12:15 pm on December 16, 2013, the Griffith Police were notified by a resident that a subject in a green compact car had approached her residence and rang her doorbell continuously. The resident, having just exited the shower, did not immediately answer the door and instead yelled to the subject that she would come to the door shortly. After making this statement, the subject quickly returned to the green car and left the area.

Griffith Sergeant Todd Dawes responded to the area of the complainant’s home and, in the area of the 900 block of Wheeler, located a green compact car parked in a driveway, running and occupied by two men. Sergeant Dawes made contact with the two men who advised that they were present at the residence to visit a friend. Despite their claims, Sergeant Dawes noted that the men appeared to be nervous and that their car had a large screen TV, a gaming system and a jewelry box in the back seat. Additional officers were summoned to the scene and the two men, identified as David Woods (19 YOA) of Gary and Shane Parks (19 YOA) of Chesterton, were detained. Further investigation at the scene revealed that forced entry had been made to the home and that a burglary had taken place. A subsequent warranted search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of all property taken from the Griffith residence as well as additional property that will likely be associated with other burglaries that have occurred recently in neighboring towns.

Both Woods and Parks provided statements to Detective Schoon regarding their involvement in this burglary.

On December 18, 2013, the Office of the Lake County Prosecutor charged David Woods and Shane Parks with Class B Felonies for Burglary. If convicted, Woods and Parks face 6 to 20 years in prison.

Chief Mance stated that, “Arrest like this show that the citizens of Griffith and the Griffith Police Department are working in unison to send a strong message that crime will not be tolerated in our community.”

Schererville Daytime Burglary Results in Two Arrests

13 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Schererville police have confirmed that there was a burglary at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the 500 block of Gard Lane.  Police reported that they were called to the scene and found footprints in the snow.  The footprints were tracked to Govert Drive where the two suspects were found.  One fled on foot and was later apprehended in the 700 block of New Castle Drive.   A 16 year old juvenile and an 18 year old adult were arrested and transported to the Lake County Jail.  Charges are pending.

A citizen has reported to the Gazette that the door to the home was kicked in which resulted in the burglary call.  The Gazette is attempting to verify this report but has been unable to do so thus far.  We will update this article as information becomes available.

Vigilant Citizen Helps Catch Serial Burglar in Lowell

12 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Lowell Police are reporting that they will charge Phillip Miley, age 31, with six counts of burglary after a resident reported suspicious activity.  In a release, the Lowell Police Department stated that a citizen saw a suspicious male with a backpack in the early morning hours of December 9.  The responding officer tracked footprints in the snow back to Miley’s residence.  A search warrant was obtained for Miley’s current and former residences.  Police discovered property from several previous burglaries in those searches.   The Lowell Police Department credited citizen awareness in the apprehension of the suspect:

This case is an example of an alert citizen and good police work leading to the apprehension of a menace to the town. Without the public’s support, these types of property crimes are very difficult to solve.

Gazette readers are encouraged to remain vigilant in watching for suspicious activity in your neighborhoods.  Crime watch is a great place to learn about the things going on in your neighborhood.  If you need information on your local crime watch, feel free to drop us a line and we will post that information here.



Highland Police Arrest 2 Robbery Suspects

4 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Just hours after issuing an alert for the public to be on the lookout, Highland Police arrested two burglary suspects this morning. Police received a call regarding a burglary in the Terrace Estates Subdivision this morning.  At 11:27 am , Highland PD issued another public alert that they were searching for a heavy set black male wearing a white shirt.  Within minutes that alert was updated to reflect that the subject was in custody but another suspect was still on the loose.  At 12:20 pm, a final alert was issued advising that the second suspect was in custody.  Both suspects are believed to have been involved in a burglary in the development earlier today.  It is not known at this time whether these suspects are responsible for a string of burglaries that caused police to issue an alert yesterday.  Highland Police are still asking residents to remain on heightened alert and notify police of any suspicious activity.



Lowell Police Seek Public Help in Burglary Case

7 Nov

Gazette Staff

On Friday, November 1st, 2013, the Lowell Police Department was dispatched to the scene of a burglary at a residence in the 500 block of N. Nichols Street. The burglary is believed to have been committed at approximately 12:30 p.m. A witness stated he observed a white male with a thin build wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans acting suspiciously in the area. The suspicious male is described as being in his late teens or early twenties. Forced entry was made through the residence’s front door and a firearm and jewelry were reported to have been taken.

This burglary does not appear to be related to the burglaries reported October 21st and 22nd. A suspect has been identified in at least one of these burglaries and numerous charges related to it are expected to be filed at the conclusion of our investigation.

We are asking anyone with information regarding any of these burglaries to contact Detective David Lee or Assistant Chief James Woestman at (219) 696-0411. Anyone observing suspicious persons or vehicles are asked to report them immediately.

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