A LaPorte man faces felony theft and drug charges after he reportedly stole an item from an auto parts store there last night. Employees at Advance Auto Parts on State Road 2 called the police around 8:20 last night to report the theft of a cell phone mount. They gave officers a description of the suspect and the vehicle he got into when he left the store. Officers pulled it over a short time later and found a man, later identified as Zacheria Faiyaz, 20, who matched the description of the thief. Faiyaz denied any knowledge of the incident, according to police. He consented to a search, and police reportedly found various drug paraphernalia items on his person. The driver of the vehicle gave officers permission to search it. They found the phone mount, still in its store packaging, behind where Faiyaz had been sitting. Faiyaz faces felony charges of theft and possession of syringes, along with misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Officers reportedly found a baggie of the latter during a search at the LaPorte County Jail.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.