A Valparaiso resident and a Monticello resident were arrested Friday on a
charge of burglary after an alert resident in Morgan Township observed
suspicious activity at a neighbor’s, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police
police, at 9:31 a.m. a resident of the 400 block of C.R. 300S reported a
possible burglary in progress in his neighborhood after two male subjects
fled from him, one on foot into the woods behind the house, the other in a
subsequently found that a back window on the home had been forced. They also
found a back sliding glass door open and several bags and a large-screen
television abandoned on the lawn just outside the sliding glass door.
Edwards and his K-9 partner, Joker, responded to the scene and subsequently
tracked and apprehended Timothy Ericksen, 28, of Monticello, who had been
hiding in the wooded area behind the home, police said.
treated at Porter hospital for dog bites to the leg, then medically cleared
and transported to Porter County Jail, police said.
Det. Com. Jeff
Biggs and Det. Sgt. Tim Manteuffel later joined the investigation and
developed information leading to the apprehension of the subject believed to
have fled the scene in the vehicle, identified as Aaron Steed, 21, of
Valparaiso, police said.
Steed were both being held without bond on a charge of burglary.
“It is believed
that both subjects are responsible for other burglaries in the area and the
investigation is still ongoing,” police said.
“This is an
excellent example of how valuable it is to have neighbors watching out for
each other and calling in any suspicious activity that they observe,” police
added. “Most burglaries occur during the daytime since many residents are at
work during the day, so we urge residents to call police for any suspicious
vehicles in their neighbors’ driveways or suspicious persons walking through
yards or the neighborhood.”