Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was stolen in the burglary of a
residence in the 1000 north block of C.R. 550E in Jackson Township, the
Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
According to police, on Tuesday the resident reported that for approximately
a week she has been unable to find her pewter jewelry box, normally kept in
the top drawer of her dresser hidden beneath clothing.
She also reported that--“approximately one week prior”--they returned home
to find the front door open.
Although she and her husband “generally leave the front door closed and
locked,” “because there was no immediate and overt signs of entry” they
believed that the door had been blown open by the wind.
In fact, police said, an officer’s examination of the door in question
showed the trim around the deadbolt to be broken and the deadbolt itself not
fully latching, suggesting that someone had forced entry through the door.
The victim did advise police that her grandchildren were approached at some
previous point by a male and female “driving through the area looking for a
lost dog.” They were both white subjects, in their twenties, with brown
hair, and driving a tan 2000s model Ford Explorer.
The jewelry box contained numerous pieces of jewelry, whose total value
police estimated at $11,645.