resident was caught in the act of burglarizing a Liberty Township pole barn
on Saturday, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
burglary and criminal trespass was Thomas Powell, 35, of 282 W. Ind. 130,
Apt. A, police said.
police, at 10:26 a.m. a husband and wife were inside their residence in the
600 north block of C.R. 125W when their door bell rang. Both looked out
their window, observed the man, and--neither of them recognizing
him--declined to answer the door, police said.
They then watched
the man as he left the house’s front porch, walked to a pole barn on the
property, and “attempted to break into” it, police said. At that point the
husband retrieved his handgun, exited the house, and made his own way to the
pole barn, prompting the man to run, police said. The husband “yelled for
the male suspect to stop,” informed the suspect that he was armed, and--when
the suspect continued to run--fired a single shot into the ground, police
The suspect was
nevertheless able to make it back to his vehicle, a dark blue Ford F-150,
and flee the scene, but was subsequently taken into custody by officers in
the area of Ind. 149 and C.R. 700N, police said
The husband and
wife both identified Powell as the man they’d seen at their door and by
their pole barn, police said. Powell, for his part, stated to officers, “I
get off of parole tomorrow and I go and do this dumb (expletive),” police
said. Powell further advised officers that “his girlfriend was going to be
upset with him for messing up again.”
being at the residence but stated he was only handing out his business
cards,” police added.
Police said that a
window on the pole barn had been broken--with a pick axe--and the screen
“ripped apart,” and that inside a tool case was found “out of place and
laying on the floor.”
The pole barn’s
man-door--which the husband stated had previously been secured--was found
unlocked as well, which “verified that the suspect had entered through the
window and left through the man-door,” police said.