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.
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
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
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.