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Police say man caught on camera hiding needles and spoon in interview room

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A Portage resident was arrested Friday on charges of possession of a hypodermic and possession of paraphernalia, Chesterton Police said.

According to police, at 9:47 a.m. Jason L. Wheat, 37, of 225 Sandalwood St., was taken into custody after a homeowner in the 1200 block of Burr Oak Drive accused him of trespassing. Wheat was transported to the CPD station for questioning, where—left alone in an interview room—he was subsequently observed on surveillance camera trying to hide a burnt spoon beneath a rag on the floor, police said.

Officers then conducted a search of the room and two clear syringes with orange caps were also recovered, police said.

“Reviewing the video, it is easy to see (Wheat) removing items from the left side of the inside of his shorts despite being handcuffed with his hands behind him,” police said. “Then he slides the items around on the floor with his feet as if to try to hide them under a table leg.”

Wheat was transported to Porter County Jail.

Posted 6/26/2012