resident has been charged with the burglary of two homes under repair.
Aaron Bradley Neier,
25, of 523 S. Third St., was charged on Tuesday with two counts of burglary,
a Class C felony punishable by a term of six to 20 years.
According to the
probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Sgt. Charles Rinker, on Dec. 17 the
owner of a home under repair on Second Street discovered a quantity of
copper pipes, fittings, and valves missing from the residence, as well as a
Bosch hammer drill. Investigators found a set of “footprints in the snow”
and followed them from the back door of the home to Neier’s residence on
Third Street, Rinker stated in his affidavit. They then made contact with a
relative of Neier’s, who expressed his belief that Neier “may be involved”
in the burglary and promised to have Neier make contact with the CPD, Rinker
Later that day
Neier did call Rinker, who advised Neier that “the best course of action
would be return the copper to the homeowner.” Neier--stating that “he did
not want to be arrested” and fearful that Rinker “was trying to trick
him”--offered instead to “drop the copper off across from the police
station,” Rinker stated.
Neier was spotted a
short time later dumping the copper, officers attempted to make contact with
him, and a short pursuit ensued, Rinker stated.
When taken into
custody, Neier admitted to committing the burglary on Second Street and an
earlier one, on Oct. 17, on South Calumet Road. In this earlier job copper
piping was taken from the home, in the process of which damage was done to
the water service, flooding the basement with about a foot of water, Rinker
Neier advised that
he sells copper to a salvage yard in Gary, Rinker stated. He also advised
that “he committed the burglaries because he is a heroin addict and it was
Christmas so he really needed the money,” Rinker stated.
Neier was booked
into the Porter County Jail on Tuesday. Bond was set at $2,500 cash only.