What's Happening at The Porter County Sheriff's
Stolen Weapons Recovered
Left, Porter County Chief Deputy,
Detective Captain Michael Jenkins and Detective Larry Sheets
Recovered Guns and Ammunition
PORTER COUNTY: Porter County authorities believe teens were
planning to trade guns for drugs
BY KEN KOSKY
A local man -- suspicious because juveniles were trying
to sell him guns -- noticed the weapons were being
stored under a mobile home and told police. That tip led
Porter County police to recover 16 guns taken during a
recent home burglary.
Police arrested five juveniles from Liberty and Jackson
townships on burglary charges and expect to arrest a
sixth. At least some of the suspects, who are between 15
and 17 years old, could be waived to adult court, police
"All the guns have been recovered and nobody got hurt,"
Porter County Detective Cmdr. Mike Jenkins said during a
news conference Friday.
Jenkins said the juveniles were planning to trade the
guns for drugs. He said one of the guns already had been
sold, but police were able to recover it. The owner of
the guns, a
Township man, was out of town and didn't know his home
had been burglarized.
Detective Sgt. Larry Sheets said the juveniles
originally entered the home to party because they
thought it was abandoned. They realized the home was
occupied and contained guns -- $20,000 worth -- so they
stole them and put them under a home in
Sands Mobile Home Park in Liberty Township, Sheets said.
Jenkins said some of the suspects have prior records for
theft. Without the tip police received earlier this
week, "this crime could have gone undetected and the
guns could be long gone," he said.
"This is exactly what we hope happens," Chief Deputy
David Lain said. "We absolutely rely on the public."