Sherriff’s Office seeks community’s help after 50 open cases of theft

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017 by [email protected] No Comments

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects that are responsible for a significant number of thefts from vehicles. Investigators have been following up on leads from the cases that extend back to the beginning of the summer. The sheriff’s office has approximately 50 open cases of thefts and is estimating another 50 are open with other agencies in La Porte County and surrounding departments.

The method of operation is always similar and the thieves most often target unlocked vehicles. The sheriff’s office has several cases where entry was forced into vehicles; in these instances, items of value were left in plain sight. Thefts have occurred in many areas of La Porte County including Wills, Kankakee and Galena Townships, Michiana Shores, Grand Beach and New Buffalo, Michigan and the Koontz Lake community in Stake County. The thefts have occurred between 9:00 PM and 5:30 AM. Items targeted by thieves include electronics, money and firearms.

“The biggest deterrent to a thief is to lock your doors and not leave valuable items in a vehicle, we can’t stress that enough” stated La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd. “We also encourage following the “if you see something, say something” practice of being good neighbors. If you spot a suspicious vehicle in your neighborhood, if a normally quite dog suddenly starts barking, it is worth a call to your local law enforcement agency. While our detectives have developed suspects and are following leads, we also realize that a call reporting suspicious activity can often be what tips the odds in our favor.”

Anyone that has information that will help bring an end to this rash of thefts is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 219.326.7700. If you have information regarding this or any other crime you can also call Michiana Crime Stoppers at 800.342.STOP ( 7867). Crimes Stoppers will pay a reward for the arrest and conviction of a criminal.

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