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Watch Collection Thief Could Face Time

(La Porte County, IN) - A woman could do some time for allegedly taking a collection of watches and other items. Ashley Sheets, 28, is charged in La Porte Circuit Court with Level 5 Felony Burglary.


According to court documents, she and Matthew Rancatore, 34, were hired to complete drywall and painting work on a newly remodeled home in the 5700 block of West 300 North.  They were fired on December 16th for not completing the work on schedule.


The next day, police were called to the property because of items stolen from a barn and garage during break-ins. Among the missing items were two cases containing more than 70 watches.


Police were later informed Sheets of Chesterton sold one of the stolen watches to a pawn shop and tried selling other watches to the store, all matching the description of the ones taken in the burglary.


According to court documents, police are still investigating to determine if Rancatore was involved in the burglary and whether he maintained a storage unit possibly containing stolen items.


Rancatore of La Porte was recently arrested in Kingsford Heights after allegedly found with fentanyl inside a syringe along with methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

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