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Foot pursuit foils burglary, leads to arrest in Porter

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A foot pursuit in Porter early Friday morning foiled a burglary and led to the arrest of a suspect with an open warrant for robbery, Porter Police said.

According to police, at 3:08 a.m. an officer observed a suspicious person with a cart full of lawn and power tools at the intersection of U.S. 20 and W. Beam Street. The subject, Tejay Mihal, 30, of 2600 W. 93rd Avenue, Crown Point, fled when the officer activated his cruiser lights, at which time the officer left his vehicle for a foot pursuit in the area of the 1200 block of W. Beam Street, police said.

Police report Mihal was found hiding in a garage, and police collected several items he discarded that included the lawn and power tools; two socks containing a cell phone, drugs, and drug paraphernalia; and a laptop bag containing a laptop, a computer keyboard, vape ecigarette devices, and a receipt from a local hotel.

Police said Mihal couldn’t recall where he got the laptop bag and admitted to stealing the tools from the garage where he was found hiding. Mihal told police he stole the drugs from an acquaintance known as “Grant” who was staying at the Spring House Inn, who then chased him into the nearby woods, where Mihal fell in the Little Calumet River. Police said Mihal told them he also stole a pair of overalls from a nearby residence after falling in the river, but he couldn’t remember what residence.

Mihal was transported to Porter County Jail on charges of possession of LSD, possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, burglary, theft, possession of a controlled substance, resisting law enforcement, and possession of paraphernalia.

Acting on information from Mihal, the PPD arrested Grant Molden, 30, of 2600 W. 93rd Avenue, Crown Point, who had an Indiana warrant for armed robbery, police said. PPD reported officers found Molden, in the company of two other subjects, in a room at the Spring House Inn where officers observed a large amount of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

Molden was transported to Porter County Jail and charged with ten felonies (for dealing and possession of methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, oxycodone, and heroin) and five misdemeanors (for possession of paraphernalia, and dealing and possession of clonazepam and xanax).

Charges for visiting a common nuisance (B Misdemeanor) have been forwarded to the Prosecutor’s office against the two individuals found with Molden.


Posted 6/24/2019




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