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Charged with theft of ring from eState

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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, police said.

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 mother.

Smith and Heckman-Knies were transported to Porter County Jail.


Posted 4/16/2013