LaPorte Man Faces Felony Charges Stemming From Chocolate Theft


A LaPorte man faces two felony charges after reportedly helping himself to chocolates from a store there. Officers from the LaPorte Police Department responded to Little Chocolates on 1st Street around 11:30 yesterday morning. An upset store employee told them a man was inside the store acting strangely, and said she thought he stole some chocolate. Officers reportedly found a man matching the suspect’s description walking nearby and eating chocolate. Zacheria Faiyaz, 20, initially told officers he “swiped his card to pay for it” then said the store gives him “free stuff.” Neither story was true, according to the arrest report, which indicates he faces a D felony theft charge. While searching Faiyaz, officers reportedly found an open bag of syringes in his front jacket pocket. Faiyaz admitted he had “relapsed and used again,” according to the arrest report. He faces a second D felony charge for possession of a syringe.