A Chesterton resident was booked into the Porter County Jail on Tuesday on a
charge of burglary, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
Joseph Robert Grundell, 26, of 510 Park Ave., was arrested on that charge at
10:30 a.m. by Chesterton Police, the PCSP said.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Sgt. Charles Rinker,
on April 12 a resident in the 500 block of Park Ave. reported the burglary
of his home while he was out of town and the theft of a television, a coin
jar, numerous pieces of jewelry, and blank checks.
On May 1, Rinker stated in his affidavit, he interviewed Grundell, who is a
relative of the neighbor to whom the victim had entrusted a house key.
Grundell admitted taking the key without permission, entering the victim’s
house at least three times, and removing the TV and other items, Rinker
The TV he pawned in February for $150 and the jewelry he sold to a jeweler
in Hammond, Grundell advised.
“Grundell said that he needed the money because he was ‘dope sick,’” Rinker
stated. “Grundell admitted he is a heroin addict.”
Burglary is a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20 years.