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Pleads to theft in burglary of home in Porter Beach

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A Merrillville man has agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge in connection with the burglary in March of a residence in Porter.

Matthew E. Brooks, 25, is pleading guilty to a charge of theft, punishable by a term of six months to three years. Brooks had originally been charged with burglary, a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years.

Under the agreement, the sentence will be argued at a hearing before Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper on Feb. 12.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Det. Jason Casbon, at 8:21 p.m. March 13, a man remodeling an unoccupied home on Bote Drive in Porter Beach reported finding another man later identified as Brooks, accompanied by a female subject, parked in his driveway.

Brooks subsequently admitted finding a pry bar on the property and using it to force entry to the home, then removing tools which he valued at approximately $2,000 and placing them in the trunk of his car, Casbon stated in his affidavit.

Brooks advised that he “took the tools to get money to buy a ring” for his girlfriend, Casbon added.


Posted 11/30/2012