Police believe two teenagers offering to cut Porter County residents’ lawns actually were looking for burglary targets. The scheme also allegedly involved their father, who was arrested on an unrelated preliminary charge.
The 17- and 19-year-old sons were going door-to-door talking to homeowners and, around 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, they did not get an answer at a door in the 1400 block of North County Road 500E. An elderly woman was home, however, and scared them away as they allegedly attempted to get inside through a bedroom window.
Police stopped a suspect vehicle in the area and, shortly after 2:30 p.m., arrested the driver, Jeff Glancy, 39, of Michigan City, for driving with a suspended license. A Sheriff’s Department canine tracked down Glancy’s 17-year-old son, who fled on foot from the burglary attempt victim’s home, police said.
Officers have not located the 19-year-old, but the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.
The Sheriff’s Department wants to warn the public about scams where would-be burglars go door-to-door offering a service but really are checking to see if anyone is home. The public is asked to call police if a suspicious person is in their neighborhood; rural areas are especially at risk.