Liberty Township boy was taken into custody early this morning after
officers, responding to an activated alarm at the Pet Haven business at 19
W. U.S. Highway 6, followed footprints in the snow all the way back to the
boy’s home, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
police, at 12:11 a.m. officers responded to the alarm and found “suspicious
footprints in fresh snow leading away from the rear” of the business and in
the direction of the Whispering Sands Mobile Home Park to the north.
the prints, spotting, near a parked vehicle, a male subject wearing a
camouflage jacket, hat, and gloves. The subject fled into a wooded area west
of Whispering Sands but was tracked by a K-9 unit, Joker, who led officers
into the woods and then south, to the front door of the main building of an
apartment complex on U.S. 6, police said.
entry by the property owner, officers found “wet boots matching the tread of
the suspect’s prints” just inside the front door and a camouflage jacket in
the suspect’s bedroom, police said. The suspect himself, however, appeared
to have vanished, until officers were informed of a tunnel leading from the
basement of the property “to the outside of the residence,” police said.
The suspect was
found in the tunnel and, after being taken into custody, made “several
spontaneous utterances incriminating himself, without being questioned,” in
the Pet Haven burglary, police said. “These utterances included but were not
limited to stating he broke a window to gain entry into Pet Haven,” police
surveillance footage shot by a camera at Pet Haven shows an interior door
opening, then a male wearing a camouflage jacket entering the main retail
area and walking “directly to the cash register,” where he found “an open
and empty drawer,” police said.
Then “it appears
that he was startled by the audible alarm and quickly runs from the area
through the same door he entered,” police said.