Valparaiso burglary suspect
caught by police dog
Scheibel Monday, March 7, 2011
VALPARAISO | A
Valparaiso man was apprehended by a Porter
County Sheriff's Department police dog after
police said the man broke into a home Saturday
morning in the 3600 block of Hemlock Drive.
Police were called
about 5 a.m. by a woman who was awakened by a
noise in her kitchen and found a man in her
home. The man ran away and the woman called
arrived, they searched the neighborhood and soon
saw a man matching the description of the man in
The suspect ran
from police and an extensive search of the
neighborhood was initiated, according to police.
Porter County K-9
Officer Cpl. Matt Edwards and his partner
"Joker" arrived to assist in tracking the
suspect. About an hour after the burglary the
suspect was found hiding in the area and again
ran from police.
"Joker" chased down
the suspect and brought him to the ground and
held him until officers arrived and handcuffed
James Gross, 19, of Valparaiso
was taken to Porter hospital to be treated for
dog bites. He was then arrested on charges of
burglary, resisting law enforcement, possession
of marijuana and theft.
Valparaiso police, Gross admitted to
burglarizing the home on Hemlock Drive and
stealing items from vehicles parked in the area.
Numerous items were located and returned to
Gross was taken to
Porter Hospital to be treated for a dog bite.
Upon release from the hospital he was charged
with burglary, resisting law enforcement,
possession of marijuana and theft.