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‘Suspicious’ behavior at Culver’s leads to arrest

November 15, 2018

CHESTERTON – A La Porte woman is being held in the Porter County Jail after being arrested on drug charges at the Culver’s restaurant in Chesterton, where employees reported her acting “suspiciously.”

Crystal M. Burns, 34, is charged in Porter County with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a hypodermic needle and identity deception, according to Chesterton Police. She was also wanted on a warrant from La Porte County, according to court records.

Police received a 911 call just after 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 5 to Culver’s at 3000 Matson St. for a report of a suspicious person. Employees said a woman, apparently intoxicated and having trouble walking, was in the dining area asking multiple people to use their phones, according to a police report.

An employee said the woman came into the store about about 6:10 p.m., went into the restroom for over 15 minutes and then asked to use employees’ phones to check her email, the report said. She told them she was there to pick up an employee, but that employee – angry because the woman was late – had left in her own car, which the woman had been driving, and had taken the woman’s things with her.

The woman, who was behind the counter using the business phone when officers arrived, identified herself as Stacy Biggs, according to a police report. She had a bleeding scratch on her face, spoke with slurred words, had bloodshot eyes, and “had a hard time keeping track of her story,” according to the report.

She told officers she was not intoxicated. However, during a patdown for weapons, she took something from her pocket and dropped it on the floor, the report said. It was a syringe, so she was handcuffed and searched, and officers found a small bag of white powder and two bags of brown powder, which she told police were heroin and methamphetamine.

She was arrested and taken to the jail, where police learned she had given a false name and was actually Burns, the report said. She said she gave a false name because of the outstanding warrant.

The warrant from La Porte County was filed in September, charging violation of probation on a possession of a syringe conviction, according to court records, which showed Burns has been arrested at least six times in the last three years on drug and other charges.

Her next court appearance in Porter County is scheduled for Nov. 21.

—From staff reports

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