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No prison under plea agreement in $100K thefts from local woman

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A Michigan City husband and wife who are charged with stealing more than $100,000 from a local widow would see no prison time under a plea agreement proposed by the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Bary Bostic, 47, and Robbin Bostic, 41, with a listed address of 425 Walker St., have each been charged with a single count of theft, a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years in the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC).

Both were accused of stealing and then selling multiple bars of gold, silver, and platinum which belonged to an elderly Chesterton woman under their care.

Under the proposed deal, the Bostics would be sentenced to eight years in the DOC. All but time already served, however--while being held at the Porter County Jail awaiting disposition of the case--would be suspended and the two would serve the balance on formal probation.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the Chesterton Police Department, on March 16, 2012, officers responded to a burglary complaint in the 300 block of South 10th Street, the elderly woman’s home. The widow was not at the residence at the time but staying instead at hotel in Michigan City, police said.

Responding officers were told by a woman taking care of the home in the widow’s absence that she found a safe in the living room open and a file cabinet opened and all paperwork pertaining to the widow’s late husband’s estate missing, police said.

A short time later, one of the widow’s co-guardians arrived at the scene, where she advised officers that the safe in question had contained silver and platinum bars and coins and that Bary and Robbin Bostic, as the widow’s caregivers, had access to the residence, police said.

Further investigation determined that a Michigan City jeweler who had, over the course of 30 years, sold multiple gold, silver, and platinum bars to the widow’s husband had recently re-purchased many of those bars and had issued multiple checks to the Bostics or to their real estate broker on their behalf, police said.

Those checks include two on Feb. 8 in the amounts of $96,695 and $56,224.45; one on Feb. 9 for $67,080.55; and three on March 9 for $42,695, $14,755, and $45,000, police said.

In addition, police said, in May investigators learned that Ameripawn had re-issued to the widow $118,755.55 for silver and platinum bar and jewelry which the Bostics had pawned there.

The Bostics have been held at the Porter County Jail since November 2012 in lieu of a cash-only bond of $100,000. They petitioned for a lower bond late last year, citing health issues, but Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper rejected their request, noting in her order that, should the Bostics fail to bond out, their medical appointments would be the responsibility of the jail staff.



Posted 6/12/2013







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