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CPD: 16-year-old boy forcibly entered Residences to vandalize and burn

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A juvenile boy is facing multiple delinquency charges, including arson, after Chesterton Police said that, on three consecutive nights earlier this week, he forcibly entered the Residences of Chesterton nursing home work site, 2300 Village Point at Coffee Creek Center, to vandalize the facility.

According to police, on Sunday, Aug. 19, employees arriving to work called 911 after discovering “damage to the interior of the building in the form of vandalism.” Police said that the vandal made “forcible entry through first-floor windows,” apparently sometime in the late evening hours on Saturday.

Then, later on Sunday, at 9:57 p.m., the Chesterton Fire Department and CPD officers responded again to the Residences after “on-site personnel reported an accumulation of smoke in the building.”

“Upon the arrival of public safety personnel, 911 calls were received indicating that armed subjects were still in the building,” police said. Officers from multiple agencies subsequently cleared the building, however, “and nobody was discovered” within.

“Investigating personnel discovered that further forced entry had been made to the building through first-floor windows and additional vandalism had occurred throughout the facility,” police said.

One day later, at 10:28 p.m. Monday, officers stationed at the Residences observed a subject inside the building “causing vandalism to the property.” That subject, on discovering the police presence, attempted to flee on foot but was subsequently apprehended by officers and identified as a 16-year-old boy and a resident of Chesterton.

Police said that the boy was detained and is facing delinquency charges of arson, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, and multiple counts of burglary.

Assisting the CPD were the Chesterton and Liberty Township FDs, the Porter, Burns Harbor, and Ogden Dunes PDs, and the Porter County Sheriff’s Police.


Posted 8/24/2018




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