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K-9 Sniffs Out Burglars

Burglars Sniffed Out

Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain credits K-9 Officer Matt Edwards and his partner, “Bandit,” along with some good investigation by several patrol officers and detectives, for quickly solving a burglary and arresting two juvenile suspects on Jan. 21.  The victim, Vara Brindisi, South Haven, called police on that date at 10:18 p.m. and stated her home had been entered some time within the previous 4 hrs. though an unlocked door, and numerous items were stolen.  Taken were numerous jewelry items, video games, a DVD player, and a Canon digital camera, worth a total of several thousand dollars.  Officers observed fresh tracks in the back yard and Officer Edwards requested his canine to initiate a track from the scene.  The dog led officers from the victim’s home to a nearby residence on Newcastle Dr., and spoke to a woman at the home.  She told police she did have a teenage son, and agreed to allow officers to check her home upon being informed of how they had arrived at her residence.  The juvenile was inside the home and was extremely evasive towards officers, claiming he did not have an actual room at the home despite his mother stating he did.  Officers searched his room and located the stolen property from the burglary on and under the bed, and inside a closet.  The items were recovered and the victim identified the property as that stolen from her home.  The juvenile was questioned and claimed a friend had earlier stopped by his home and gave him the items, and denied any involvement in the theft.  Patrol Officers and Detectives went to the home of the second juvenile, located on Norfolk Rd., and questioned the second suspect, who admitted he and the first suspect had burglarized the home, and that the first juvenile had kept the stolen items.  Both male juveniles were arrested and transported to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.  The 17-yr.-old juvenile possessing the stolen property was charged with Burglary (B felony) and Possession of Stolen Property (D felony), and the second 15-yr.-old juvenile was charged with Burglary (B felony).  All of the stolen property, with the exception of a gold necklace with a gold cross, was recovered by police.

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