Extra patrols in Porter Township, in response to a rash of vehicle entries,
have led to the arrest on Saturday of a Lake Eliza resident on theft
charges, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
Nathan Kiaurakis, 24, was charged with three counts of theft, one of
attempted theft, and one of resisting law enforcement, police said.
According to police, at 2:18 a.m. an officer tasked to extra patrols in the
area of Cherrywood Lane and Split Rail Court observed Kiaurakis “crouched
down in his Jeep” and “trying to avoid being seen.” Kiaurakis was then seen
“hiding in a tree line next to a vehicle in a driveway” and, when confronted
by the officer,” fled on foot, police said.
“Kiaurakis was taken into custody after a brief chase and struggle with the
arresting officer,” police said.
PCSP detectives “are looking into this arrest to see if Mr. Kiaurakis has
any links to the other thefts and burglaries in the area,” police said.
The PCSP is reminding residents to lock their vehicles at all times, never
to leave valuables in their vehicles, and always to report any suspicious
vehicles or persons in their neighborhoods to 911.