A Portage resident was arrested Monday on a charge of theft after Portage
Police said that he stole a diamond ring from the eState business at 3101
Willowcreek Road and fled the scene with two others.
According to police, at 5:40 p.m. eState reported that three males entered
the store, one of them took a $5,200 diamond ring, and then all of them left
in a blue Chevrolet Impala.
The employee succeeded, however, in recording the Impala’s license number,
which returned to 2924 Monnier Street, police said. An officer subsequently
located the suspect vehicle in the driveway there, occupied by three male
subjects, who were detained and separated, police said.
Back-seat passenger Jon W. Smith, 18, of 2924 Monnier St., admitted having
taken the ring after an officer informed him that he resembled the subject
seen on surveillance video, police said. Smith told the officer that the
ring was under the Impala’s back seat, where the officer recovered it,
The driver of the vehicle, Kristofer E. Heckman-Knies, 19, also of 2924
Monnier St., was charged with possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a
common nuisance, after a smoking device and marijuana grinder were found in
the Impala, police said.
Smith was also charged with visiting a common nuisance, police said, and the
third passenger, a juvenile, is similarly facing a delinquency charge of
visiting a common nuisance. The juvenile was released to the custody of his
Smith and Heckman-Knies were transported to Porter County Jail.