I have to announce some bad news as this Ask a Cop Column will be my last.

Q: My brother and I live in our dad’s house together. I helped him cut down a bunch of trees for three days and he owes me money and now won’t pay me. I took his PlayStation and hid it until he pays me. He said he is calling the police to report it stolen. Can I get in trouble?

A: Yes, you could be charged with theft. If your brother owes you money, it is most likely a civil situation, not criminal. Regardless, one wrong will not justify another. See if your dad can step in and help.

Q: I was in the license bureau when I overheard the clerk ask someone their insurance company and policy number. What would stop someone from just lying about having insurance?

A: You must show proof of insurance to the Indiana License Bureau when you register your vehicle. However if you cancel your insurance or falsify your information, the bureau may suspend the registration of the vehicle owned by the registrant who provides the false evidence of financial responsibility. (9-25-6-19.2)

Q: Do you think unethical behavior or “bending of the law” by police officers is acceptable in certain limited circumstances if it helps solve a major crime?

A: Nope! Not at all. Unethical behavior by a police officer to solve a crime or make an arrest is not acceptable under any circumstances.

Q: Do your detectives actually participate in raids or do they just investigate?

A: It really depends. Most high risk warrant service or raids are usually handled by our SWAT team or our FAST (Fugitive Apprehension Street Team), however, detectives from our department help make up these teams. Both these teams are invaluable to us as they are elite groups that practice for safety and apprehension in the best case scenarios.

Q: I live in Michigan City and my neighbor was outside with some friends and they started shooting a shotgun into a garbage can. The police came and they ended up writing him a ticket and left. Shouldn’t he have gotten into more trouble than just a ticket for shooting a gun?

A: The city ordinance prohibiting discharging a firearm in city limits is specifically written to prevent hunting, target practicing or shooting a gun in celebration within the city. A violation of this is a written ticket for “Discharging a Firearm.” A criminal violation, however, can be charged if a reckless act is committed with the firearm.

The winner of last column’s $40 Columbia Outlet gift card was Kim Harvell of Michigan City. Let’s answer the last riddle of who had the correct amount guessed of Easter Eggs in Columbia’s contest. The answer, of course, was Mike with a guess of 30 eggs!

The sponsor for this week’s riddle is Brandon Jones and our friends at Buffalo Wild Wings in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gift certificate!

Somebody got into the walk-in cooler at Buffalo Wild Wings and took four cases of boneless wings. Brandon guessed it was one of five employees who could have done it and Detective Marty Corley was put on the case! Detective Corley calls all five suspects into the station where they were interrogated about the missing chicken wings. All five gave him a statement. The statements are as follows:

Alan said, “Dan is the criminal.”

Bob said, “I am not guilty.”

Charles said, “It was not Eddie.”

Dan said, “Alan lies when he says that I did it.”

Eddie says, “Bob is telling the truth.”

Who is the culprit who took the chicken wings if two of the statements are false?

 OK. So if you made it this far, I am not quitting the column ……………. April Fool!

The 3rd correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. today wins.

To answer a question or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 873-1461, Ext #333, or e-mail ASKACOP@emichigancity.com

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