Chesterton Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the person or
persons responsible for a rash of boat-motor thefts.
Three such thefts were reported on Monday and a fourth incident—this one an
attempted theft—was reported on Thursday.
According to police, at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday a witness saw a dark colored
SUV, headlights off, pull into the alley in the 200 block of South 14th
Street. The witness then heard footsteps in the gravel and observed lights
moving in the alley. The SUV subsequently left the scene northbound in the
alley and then across West Indiana Ave.
At 3 p.m. Thursday, the witness’ neighbor discovered that the trolling motor
on his boat had been removed from its mount and left sitting in the bow of
the boat. The door to his fish-finder cabinet was also bent open at the
No damage was caused either to the motor or the boat, whose owner believes
that his neighbor may have scared off the thief.
Over last weekend multiple trolling motors were reported stolen in Duneland:
•One in the 1900 block of West Porter Ave. Estimated loss: $350.
•Two in the 300 block of Roosevelt Road. Also stolen: a cranking battery and
a motor battery. Estimated loss: $500.
•One in the 600 north block of C.R. 202W in Liberty Township. Estimated
The CPD is
asking anyone with information on the thefts to contact detectives at