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Charges in Cigarette Burglary

(La Porte, IN) - A La Porte woman is accused of breaking into a gas station and fleeing with a trash bag of cigarettes.  Piper Hanna, 58, is charged in La Porte Circuit Court with level 5 felony burglary.


According to court documents, she entered Amoco at 1033 East Lincolnway during the early morning hours of November 4th and took more than $2,000 worth of cigarettes.  Police said the intruder was captured by surveillance video and identified by investigators because of their previous encounters with law enforcement. Regarding her entry, authorities report it potentially resulted from doors left accidentally unlocked to the building.


Two weeks following the incident, police located Hanna at 410 Maple Avenue. During questioning, the suspect stated she had ridden a bicycle hauling a trailer to the gas station, and placed the cigarettes into a plastic trash bag prior to leaving the premises.


She was being held in the La Porte County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

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