A Porter resident
was arrested Friday on charges of neglect of a dependent, two counts; and
theft, Chesterton Police said.
police, at 1:11 a.m. a resident of the 200 block of West Indiana Ave.
reported that an unknown person wearing black pants and a white hooded
sweatshirt had just activated her doorbell camera alarm, then left on foot
in an unknown direction.
A woman matching
the subject’s description, identified as Rachel Ann Perry, 35, of 700 N.
Waverly Road, No. 1402, was subsequently located at the intersection of West
Indiana and Third Street, police said. Perry advised police that she was
“just walking around and playing Pokemon-GO” and, when informed of the
complaint, “immediately became defensive and denied being near anyone’s
house or on anyone’s porch.”
But Perry was found
to carrying, partially protruding from her sweatshirt’s pocket, a “metal
object with a butterfly design” which the complainant later identified as
being a hanging ornament missing from her front porch, police said. The
investigating officer also reviewed surveillance footage of Perry removing
that ornament and another one from the porch, police said.
Meanwhile, in the
course of the investigation, Perry advised police that she’d left two
children in her care in a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Broadway.
Officers found that vehicle to be running, its lights on, the passenger’s
side front window “completely open,” and the vehicle itself unlocked, police
said. Inside were two children, asleep, one of them “visibly cold and
shaking due to the cool temperatures outside,” police said. Those children
were turned over to their father.
transported to Porter County Jail and Child Protective Services notified of
the incident, police said.