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Police Investigating Multiple Thefts of Rent Payments from Drop Boxes

Valparaiso Police are investigating multiple reports of rent checks and money orders stolen from drop boxes of rental complexes throughout the city.

Police have received over 25 complaints of rent payments stolen from drop boxes at numerous apartment complexes in the city. A sticky substance had been placed on the inside of the box preventing the checks/money orders from completely dropping inside the box. Suspect(s) would then remove the checks from inside the box. The sticky substance caused the payments to be stuck to the inside wall of the box preventing them from dropping to the bottom of the drop box.

Multiple apartment complexes throughout the city have reported thefts over the past week.  Apartments reporting thefts included, Andover, Williamsburg on the Lake, Sheffield Village, View Point Apartments and Hampton Court Apartments.
Police continue to investigate the incidents and anybody with information is

asked to contact the Valparaiso Police Department at 462-2135 or text an anonymous tip to TIP411 (847-411) enter Valpo as the first word in the message field before sending tip. 


Police Arrest 45 at Underage Drinking Party

Valparaiso Police on Saturday morning (12:27 a.m.) responded to a report of a large loud party in the 1100 Block of Lind Ln. Police arrived and located a loud party at 1103 Lind Ln. Further investigation found underage subjects consuming alcoholic beverages in and around the house.

Police obtained a search warrant to enter the house after they were denied access by the renters of the house.

Upon entering the house police located over 100 people inside the house, many hiding in various areas of the house including the attic. A total of 45 individuals were arrested. A total of 43 were charged with Minor Consumption of an Alcoholic Beverage (C-Misd). Two 17 yr old female subjects were arrested and later released to their parents.

A total of 43 were transported to Porter County Jail. The renters of the home Devan Gadson 21yrs old and Thomas Ehrlich 22 yrs old were charged with Furnishing Alcoholic Beverages to a Minor and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. 

Numerous individuals inside the house that tested negative for alcoholic beverages or were over 21 yrs of age were released at the scene.


Follow the Valparaiso Police on Twitter @ Valparaisopd

The Valparaiso Police starting today, Monday November 17th will be providing information through twitter for individuals wishing to sign-up and following the Valparaiso Police Department on Twitter. 

Information being tweeted out from the Valparaiso Police Department will typically be public safety or general information  regarding an ongoing situation/incident when immediate information is needed to be provided  to the general public, for example-road closures due to a crash or police incident scene. 

Twitter will be just another source of information available to the general public. The Valparaiso Police Department will continue to use their website, Facebook page, Tip411 Alerts, Youtube and through their email notification system to distribute community information.