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CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Sheriff's Deputies Bust 4 Burglars in 5 Days!
(August 17, 2011)

Caught In the Act!

Caught In the Act!

Hey Burglars, You're BUSTED!!!

Notice to all Central Indiana Burglars: Don’t come to Johnson County because we will catch you.  In just the last 5 days, Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives have apprehended FOUR burglars…CAUGHT IN THE ACT. 

In the first instance, Sheriff’s Deputy John O’Rourke was patrolling rural county roads at dusk just after 9:00pm when he observed a suspicious vehicle.  Deputy O’Rourke’s excellent observation skills led him to realize that a crime was likely in progress.  After an investigation, Deputy O’Rourke found that 19-year old Chance Anderson of Edinburgh was in the process of attempting to load a Vizio Television which he had just taken from the Kokomo Grain Business.  Anderson broke glass to gain entry into the building, and pleaded to Deputy O’Rourke, saying, “I’m sorry,” and “I will pay for it.”  Anderson was whisked away to the Johnson County Jail where he will not be able to break into any more county businesses for a while – thanks to the excellent patrol and observation skills of Deputy John O’Rourke. 

Next, on August 17th at 0226 hours, Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Schmidt was patrolling northern Johnson County at 2:26am when he observed a vehicle driving slowly in a residential area which has experienced a high amount of thefts recently.  Deputy Schmidt noticed that this vehicle had some equipment violations and thus attempted to stop the vehicle on Morgantown Road near the entrance to the Silver Springs Subdivision – but the driver of the car had other plans!  The driver soon sped off failing to stop for Deputy Schmidt’s emergency equipment, and drove into Marion County.  Deputy Schmidt continued to chase the suspicious vehicle when the man suddenly made an attempt to jump out of his moving vehicle while.  The movement was not graceful, as the suspect got caught by the moving car and knocked to the ground – but that did not stop him.  Within a moment, he was off and running.  Deputy Schmidt summonsed additional help as he detained a female passenger in the car.  As Deputy Schmidt began to investigate, he was joined by Johnson County Sheriff’s Detectives.  The investigation soon revealed that 22-year old Brittany King of Terre Haute was accompanying 31-year old James Baker of Indianapolis as they drove around the Fair Oaks subdivision in White River Township in Johnson County.  Sheriff’s Deputies located an unoccupied home for sale in the subdivision with forced entry to the front door.  Also located in the suspects’ vehicle were items such as numerous cellular phones, a projection screen display head, a GPS unit, a DVD player, and miscellaneous paperwork belonging to both Marion and Johnson County residents.  Mr. Baker  may have thought that he got away, but later the same afternoon, Johnson County Sheriff’s Detectives tracked him down.   King was charged with Burglary and Theft while Baker was held on a Parole Violation Warrant and transported to the Johnson County Jail.

Finally, again on August 17th, Sheriff’s 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call of a man who broke into the Carefree Subdivision Clubhouse in White River Township and was in the act of fleeing on foot.  Excellent quick work by Sheriff’s dispatchers resulted in the call for help being broadcast over the radio in 10 seconds – resulting in multiple Sheriff’s Deputies racing to the scene.  Sheriff’s Deputy Wiser and Sergeant Rogier spotted the fleeing suspect and gave chase.  Assisted by a Greenwood Police canine officer, the suspect was quickly located and apprehended.  Deputies arrested a 17-year old male juvenile who was already wanted on a Johnson County juvenile pick-up order and had run away from his home.  He now has additional charges for his breaking and entering escapade. 

Thanks to the excellent work by the abovementioned Sheriff’s Department Deputies, and with the help of many more unmentioned back-up officers, four suspected thieves have been arrested and property has been recovered.  Detectives will be working hard to try and determine if these four have been responsible for any other area crimes. 

(All suspects are innocent until proven guilty…)

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