The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that occurred at the Coolspring Township Fire Station Number Two on Shebel Road, near County Road 100 North (this is approximately three miles south and east of the city limits of Michigan City) sometime between June 20th and June 29th. The Sheriff’s Office reports entry was made to the unmanned fire station by forcing a service door open. Public Information Office Captain Michael Kellems says items taken include an Automatic Emergency Defibrillator, airway medical bag, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and three portable radios among other fire service tools, and the estimated loss is valued at 14-thousand dollars.
The Sheriff’s Office has also been in contact with Coolspring Fire Chief Mick Pawlik who offered the following; “we are disheartened to learn of the burglary which has taken important, life-saving equipment and tools from our firefighters. Our volunteers sacrifice their time every day to help the community and we rely on the very items that were taken to save lives.” La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd echoed the disappointment shown by Chief Pawlik. “The Sheriff’s Office enjoys a great partnership with our county’s volunteer firefighters and we recognize their value as well as the equipment that they often work hard to pay for. Our detectives will work diligently to solve this burglary and bring the guilty to justice.”
Captain Kellems says anyone with information, or who may have seen anything suspicious in the area the last ten days, are asked to contact Detective Mike Raymer at 219.326.7700 extension 2403. Tipsters can also phone information to Crime Stoppers at 800.342.STOP (7867).