A Porter resident
has been arrested on a charge of conversion and a Portage resident on a
charge of theft, after Portage Police said that, on Friday, they exited the
Kohl’s at 6495 U.S. Highway 6 with merchandise they hadn’t paid for.
Rhyss J. Lewis, 18,
of 1491 Commodore Lane in Porter, and Antwan L. Beeks, 18, of 6610
Lighthouse, No. 204, both turned themselves in on Tuesday, police said,
after their photos were posted over the weekend to the Portage PD’s Facebook
police, at 5:44 p.m. Friday, Lewis and Beeks were observed leaving the
Kohl’s with two Urban Pipeline jackets valued at $70 each and several pairs
of Hollywood Joggers pants valued at $40 each, after they’d bypassed all
points of purchase. When a loss prevention agent attempted to detain the
pair outside the store, they “ignored him”--one of them saying “he needed to
get his wallet”--and joined two other male subjects in a silver Ford Fusion.
“Once the individuals were in the car, they drove off,” police said.
The loss prevention
agent did record the suspect vehicle’s license plate, however, which
returned to a relative of Beeks, police said. In the meantime, an
investigating officer provided video surveillance images of the two suspects
to Portage Police Chief Troy Williams, who subsequently posted the images to
the PD’s Facebook page.
At 1:39 p.m.
Tuesday an officer was dispatched again to the Kohl’s, where Lewis and Beeks
had earlier arrived asking to speak to the manager, after one of the two had
“held a phone up which displayed a photo of him as a suspect from the
shoplifting,” police said. Beeks was taken into custody and transported to
Porter County Jail.
Lewis, for his
part, had left the store prior to the officer’s arrival--after advising
staff that “his father had called him to come home”--but he later turned
himself in, accompanied by his parents, at the Portage PD station, police
said. At that time Lewis “confessed to having taken a black and gray jacket
from Kohl’s without paying for it,” police said. “He had no excuse as to why
and believes he can recover the jacket.”
Lewis likewise was
transported to Porter County Jail.
today, 535 viewers of the Portage PD’s FB posting had shared it and 19
commented on it. Several of those comments concerned the very high quality
of Kohl’s surveillance cameras.