What's Happening at The Porter County Sheriff's
Surveillance photo leads to arrest
By Ken Kosky
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
SOUTH HAVEN | Just hours after Porter County police gave The Times
a surveillance photo of the unidentified man who
burglarized the Family Express convenience store in
South Haven, someone saw the photo on the newspaper Web
site and identified the man for police.
Police said that tip led to the arrest Friday of Donald J.
Paterson, 27, who lives at 6 Harmony Circle in the
Meadowview Trailer Park, which is near Family Express.
Police said Paterson admitted committing Wednesday's
burglary at Family Express and two other South Haven
business burglaries -- the one Wednesday at Archie's
Auto Recyclers and the one March 29 at Super Wash.
Porter County police Major Steve Lawrence said police
are also investigating Paterson's involvement in other
Sheriff David Lain said solving the cases, which was
aided by a tip from the public, shows the community has
"bought in" and is willing to help police.
"Every time we put something out like this (a
surveillance photo), the public seems to come through
and assist our investigation," Lawrence added.
The Family Express burglary occurred at 3:19 a.m.
Wednesday at the store at U.S. 6 and Juniper Road in
South Haven. Police said a window was broken during the
burglary and blood was found at the scene. Detective
Sgt. Bill Young found blood outside Paterson's home,
Police said they obtained a search warrant for Paterson's home and
found lottery tickets that had been stolen from Family
Express and property belonging to Archie's.