A Valparaiso man who has previously admitted committing or attempting to
commit eight burglaries in Valparaiso and one in Portage has most recently
been charged in connection with the burglary of a home in Westchester
John Allan Tener, 47, with a listed address of 908 N. Washington St., was
charged on June 14 with the burglary in October 2011 of a home on Indian
Boundary Road. In that case the homeowners caretaker arrived at the
residence on Oct. 14 to find several drawers in the living room removed and
rifled, while further investigation determined that a Mosin Nagat rifle and
a 12-gauge shotgun had been stolen as well as a jewelry box emptied,
according to the probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Jeff Balon of the
Valparaiso Police Department.
Forced entry had been made through a rear door.
On Jan. 24, Balon interviewed Tener, who admitted "breaking into their
residence and removed the firearms and the jewelry," the affidavit stated.
Tener also admitted knowing the homeowners through their antique business
and "having dealt with them in the past."
Residential burglary is a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20
Tener was arrested on Jan. 20 and charged with two counts of burglary. The
VPD said at the time that Tener had been linked to separate burglaries of
AmeriPawn and to those of Culture Shock Tattoo, Quinlan & Fabish Music
Company, Discoteca Morelia, Sacred Chao Tattoos, and to two attempted
burglaries, of Orthodontics Inc. and Pediatric Dentistry.
Earlier this month, on June 6, Tener was also charged with the burglary of a
home on C.R. 500N in Porter County and theft of three firearms, according to
Charged with burglary as well in January was a Jackson Township man who the
VPD said at the time was Teners accomplice in multiple burglaries, Joseph
DeMoss, 18, of 848N 500E. DeMoss, for his part, has admitted to
participating in eight burglaries in Valparaiso, one in Portage, two in
LaPorte County, and two residential burglaries in Duneland.