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Indiana State Police

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Observant neighbors' report of a break-in at Knapp Lake in southwestern Noble County led to the arrest of an Elwood man, according to the Indiana State Police.

Stephen R. Lawrence, 50, was charged with residential entry, a Class D felony, and criminal trespass, a Class A misdemeanor, police said. He was taken to the Noble County Jail and held on an $8,000 cash bond.

Formal charges will be filed by the Noble County Prosecutor's Office, the report said.

Lawrence was arrested about 9:45 p.m. in the 0600 block of South Wildwood Drive, according to the police report. Neighbors had called the Noble County Sheriff's Department about 8:30 p.m. when they saw someone break in and enter a home.

The neighbors told police they believed someone was still inside the home, so troopers surrounded it and arrested Lawrence without incident, the report said. The Fort Wayne homeowners were not in the home at the time.

Police said Lawrence had been in the Knapp Lake area for the last couple of days and had been riding a bicycle as his transportation.