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Man charged in burglary of Westchester residence

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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 Township.

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 years.

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 court documents.

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.


Posted 6/28/2012