Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Man Steals Urine Sample

A man confessed to breaking into a Porter County probation office and stealing two urine samples, including his own, police said.

Joseph Klinkman, 23, of Valparaiso faces a burglary charge for Tuesday night's break-in. The theft was discovered Wednesday morning at the Porter County PACT office, which operates programs for prisoners, ex-offenders, victims and witnesses.

A judge had ordered Klinkman to undergo programs through PACT because of an earlier drug possession charge.

Valparaiso Police Detective Sgt. Jeff Balon said Klinkman broke into the PACT office by sliding between an air conditioner and a window, then reached in and grabbed the samples off a file cabinet.

"He'd been in a few hours before and gave a urine sample," Balon said. "He saw they were testing for a drug he didn't think they were testing for. He panicked."

Klinkman took his own urine sample and one provided by a friend, Balon said. The other man was not believed to have participated in the burglary

Both men were ordered to provide new urine samples Wednesday, and both could face sanctions if they test positive.

Chief Probation Officer Neal Hannon said he had never seen such a theft in his 37 years on the job.

"Generally, people don't have a desire to retrieve their own urine," he said.

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