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Porter man charged with burglary; CPD asking folks to report any missing items

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The Chesterton Police Department is asking Dunelanders to report any recent burglaries or thefts, after a Porter man suspected of committing a burglary in the Morningside subdivision on Monday was found in possession of jewelry, firearms, and other items.

Charged with burglary, possession of a hypodermic, and carrying a handgun without a permit was Michael Marlon Dutcher, 32, with a listed address in the Orchard Apartments at 700 N. Waverly Road.

According to the CPD, at 10:34 a.m. officers responding to a report of a suspicious male subject wearing a camouflage jacket and jeans--“last seen walking toward the backyard of a residence in the 700 block of Long Bridge Drive”--made contact with Dutcher, who advised the officers that he was “in the area looking for his dog.”

The officers, however, determined after checking the residence in question that it had been forcibly entered and on being taken into custody Dutcher “was found to be in possession of contraband later associated with the burglary,” the CPD said. Found on his person: two handguns, numerous watches, and some jewelry, “all of which were later reported missing from the residence on Long Bridge Drive.”

Additional searches by officers led to the confiscation of other items “associated with known burglaries” in Porter and Chesterton as well as in unincorporated Porter County, the CPD said. But not all of the recovered items have yet been reported missing. The CPD is accordingly asking Dunelanders to report any burglary of their residences, or thefts from their locked or unlocked vehicles, committed in the last two weeks.

Confiscated items include jewelry, cell phones and other electronics, firearms, and tools. Direct inquiries to Det. Nick Brown of the Duneland Metro Investigations Division at (219) 926-1136.

Three residential burglaries in Porter and Chesterton have so far been attributed to Dutcher and to unidentified but known associates of his, the CPD said, and “possibly numerous others in unincorporated Porter County.”

“As a result of the investigation to date, additional charges are expected against Dutcher and known associates for identified burglaries,” the CPD added. “The investigation is ongoing in multiple jurisdictions. The Chesterton Police Department and the Duneland Metro Investigations Division were assisted by numerous investigators from the Porter County Sheriff’s Department and officers of the Porter Police Department.”

“The Chesterton Police Department thanks the witnesses for reporting this suspicious activity and would like to remind everyone to contact the local police department if you observe any suspicious activity,” the CPD said.


Posted 4/5/2017




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