by Ken Davidson
A loyal Gazette reader reported a robbery at Village Discount Outlet on 165th Street in Hessville about 5:30 p.m. today. The Gazette has confirmed that a man was robbed at gunpoint and struck in the head during the robbery. A woman was heard screaming for help as police and an ambulance rushed to the scene. Witnesses said the suspect was wearing a hoodie and black ski mask and fled eastbound on foot. This is the second robbery in the area in as many days. Yesterday there was a robbery at 2732 165th Street, directly across the street.
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.”
Charged with Burglary in Griffith.
Charged with Burglary in Griffith.
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.
Matthew Carlson, (25) of Kewanna, IN, was arrested on warrant at his residence Wednesday night by Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputies and Indiana Conservation Officers. The arrest warrant includes one C-felony count of Reckless Homicide, one C-felony count of Criminal Recklessness, and one D-felony count of Criminal Recklessness. The charges stem from the shooting death of Kenneth Moore, (28) of Rochester, IN. Conservation Officers say the incident occurred on September 30, 2012 while the men were hunting on private property near Rochester.
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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