A former friend of
a Burns Harbor resident has been charged with burglarizing the resident’s
home, pawning his television, and stealing and using his credit card, Burns
Harbor Police said.
Michael Sotelo, 23,
who has no known address, has been charged with burglary and theft, police
police, at 10:45 a.m. June 30 a Burns Harbor resident came on station to
report the theft of his credit card “by a known subject.” The resident was
still making his report when a family member notified him that someone had
broken into his home and stolen his TV, police said.
at the crime scene and reported that the same known suspect was possibly
involved,” police said.
A BHPD investigator
subsequently located the stolen TV at a Portage pawn shop and at that time
identified Sotelo as a suspect in the burglary, police said.
Sotelo was later
“found to have used the stolen credit card at locations in Porter and Lake
counties,” police said. “There were several video surveillance systems to
help identify him.”
Sotelo himself was
located and taken into custody by Hobart Police on a warrant charging him
with parole violation.
“In addition he was
charged with a driving while suspended misdemeanor which occurred during the
burglary,” police said.