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Local man charged with receiving stolen property

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A Chesterton resident was arrested on Tuesday, April 15, on a charge of receiving stolen property, after Chesterton Police said that he was found in possession of items stolen in the burglary of a home on Primrose Circle.

Derrick John Miller, 26, of 1081 Olivia Court, was booked into the Porter County Jail on that charge at 8:05 p.m. April 15.

According to police, at 3:30 p.m. that day a resident of the 100 block of Primose Circle returned home from a short errand--during which time he’d left his overhead garage door open--to observe an unknown male subject exiting his garage and carrying two bags. The resident called the CPD, informed the dispatcher that the suspect was wearing a camouflage jacket, and tried unsuccessfully to follow him.

Officers arrived in the area quickly but were unable to locate the suspect.

The resident subsequently determined that a purse containing a checkbook, wallet, and iPhone was missing from the home, as well as a jewelry box from the master bedroom and two cameras from the kitchen, police said.

Meanwhile, a resident of the 700 block of South Calumet Road reported a suspicious male subject throwing a “whole bag of stuff” in the garbage can behind her garage. Officers responded, detained the man--later identified as Miller, police said--and recovered the bag in question.

That bag contained a camouflage jacket as well as the victim’s purse, wallet, checkbook, iPhone, jewelry box, and two cameras, police said.

Miller advised police that “he scraps for money and that he took the bag from a garbage can.” He denied that the bag was his, police said.

The victim of the burglary, however, “positively identified” Miller as the man who exited his home earlier in the day, police said.


Posted 4/21/2014