Q. Let’s say you are at the Lighthouse Place and you try to steal something by hiding it in your pants, but the clerk that works there sees you, so you remove the item and put it back and leave. Can someone still get in trouble for this even though they did not get anything? (Asking for a friend.)

A: Tell your “friend” that, generally, attempting to commit a crime is as punishable as if you completed the crime itself. Based on your scenario, the only reason why the item was not stolen was the clerk saw you (oops your friend) take and conceal the item. Taking and concealing something was the intent to commit theft. Consider the person who runs into a liquor store to rob it. As he begins to demand money, the store clerk pulls out a gun and the robber flees. The robber was not successful, but he had intentions to rob the clerk. Therefore, the attempted robbery could be prosecuted.

Q: I am a single mom and have a 14-year-old daughter. Because I need to work a lot, she stays at her boyfriend’s house and doesn’t come home for days. It doesn’t help that her boyfriend’s mother allows her to stay at her house. She is still going to school, but is there something that I can do about this?

A: She is your responsibility and if you know where she is at, go get her. If another adult is interfering with the custody of your child, that in and of itself can be a crime, so please contact the police and make a report. If your daughter refused to come home or you do not know where she is, you can report her as a runaway.

Q: I’m in 10th grade and I’m bored with school and I think I really want to be a police. What can I do?

A: First, stay in school, learn proper English, and get good grades, and graduate. Secondly, obtain and hold a steady job. Possibly join the military, or complete a higher education degree. Lastly, avoid doing stupid things.

Q: I recently broke up with my boyfriend but he won’t leave me alone. He sends me text messages and emails constantly trying to get me back. I have tried to politely ask him to stop, but he won’t, and now I am getting sick of it. What can I do?

A: You may file a harassment complaint. IC 35-45-2-2 states that a person who makes telephone calls, sends emails, or otherwise communicates with a person on intent of harassing, annoying, or alarming that person commits the crime of harassment.

Q: How many police officers do we really have in Michigan City?

A: We currently have 81 officers on staff. Our full complement is 83 officers in which we are presently awaiting the hiring of two more.

There was no winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by our friends at Results Physical Therapy of Michigan City. No one got the right answer, although I had a bunch of guesses. It must have been too difficult. Anyway, last column’s riddle of why the burglar did not take the two $100 bills off the table? It was because they were the water and electric bills!

The sponsor for this week’s riddle is our friends at Sophia’s House of Pancakes in Michigan City. This week’s winner receives a $30 gas card.

Detective Tim Baker, after working a long week, was at home with his family when suddenly, at exactly 7:33 p.m., a large brick came crashing through his front window, breaking it. Detective Baker jumped from his chair and looked out the front window just in time to see the neighborhood kids, who were brothers, run around the corner. The names of the brothers were John Martin, Mark Martin and Paul Martin. The very next day, Detective Baker got a note left on his front door that read, “? Martin. He broke your window.” Which one of the three Martin brothers should Detective Baker question, and why?

The 9th 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 #1020, or e-mail askacop@emichigancity.com.

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