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Suspect Caught by K-9 Joker

Valparaiso burglary suspect caught by police dog


By John 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 police.

When officers arrived, they searched the neighborhood and soon saw a man matching the description of the man in the house.

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 the man.

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.

According to 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 their owners.

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.

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