Bloomington Resident Accused of Stealing Guns, Money

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Twenty-five-year-old Samuel W. Bates was arrested Monday on a warrant that was issued on Feb. 3. His arrest is the second in a case that involves the alleged theft of guns and a lock box containing money from a Bloomfield residence on Jan. 30.

Thirty-three-year-old Michael R. Ray, of Springville, was taken into custody in early February.

On the morning of Jan. 30, a man reported that he had just seen two friends of his, Bates and Ray, leave his father’s residence. He said that Bates exited the home through a dog door on the side of the attached garage, and that Bates removed several items from the garage.

Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Shawn Cullison met with the homeowner, who reported four missing guns– a Glock, a Phoenix 22LR, a Winchester 30-30 lever gun, and a Remington 22LR semi-automatic rifle. He also said he was missing a lock box that contained paperwork for the guns, a debit card, and a wallet containing $600 cash.

The son of the victim later told Cullison that his father also remembered having $10,000 in cash in the lock box.

Bates is charged with theft, a class D felony, and burglary, a class B felony. His bond is set at $19,000 cash only, with no ten percent allowed, and his initial court hearing is set for Tuesday, March 11.

 

Felon Accused of Stealing Firearms

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A convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms is accused of stealing guns from a family member.

Linton resident Joseph S. Gibson, 32, was arrested on a warrant for alleged theft, a class D felony, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a class B felony. In April of 2008, Gibson was convicted of burglary of a dwelling, which is classified as a serious violent felony.

On Nov. 15 of last year, Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Brad Deckard responded to a complaint of theft from a man who said a family member had stolen guns from his residence on Nov. 10. The man’s wife and son were at the home when the alleged theft occurred.

The son told Deckard that Gibson came to the residence and asked for beer and his dad’s gun– which Gibson claimed he was going to fix. He stated that Gibson took at least one gun from a bedroom closet and searched other areas including the garage and his mother’s purse. The son added that Gibson had told him he had permission to take his father’s guns and that he also took five shotgun shells.

According to the guns’ owner, Gibson never had permission to take guns from the residence.

The owner’s wife told Deckard that Gibson looked in her purse to find the keys to their gun safe, and that she saw him take a gun from the house. She also stated that she thought Gibson was under the influence of something at the time of the theft.

On Jan. 9 of this year, the owner of the guns told Detective Sergeant George Dallaire that he waited a few days to report the theft because he was trying to contact Gibson to ask him to return them. He said his wife was afraid of Gibson at the time of the theft, so she asked him not to confront Gibson and did not confront him herself when he told her he had permission to take them.

He said four guns and some shotgun shells had been taken from his residence, including his father’s gun. One gun was allegedly taken from his closet, and the rest had been in the garage.

On Jan. 13, Dallaire found Gibson at a residence in Linton. In a probable cause affidavit, he stated that Gibson initially denied stealing the firearms, then admitted to taking a .22 rifle, which he said had been purchased for him. Eventually, he allegedly admitted to stealing four firearms and said that he knew it was a problem for him to possess them since he was a convicted felon.

Dallaire noted that Gibson said he stole the firearms because he needed some money and had not been working full-time. He added that Gibson told him someone was trying to sell two of the guns for him and that the other two had been sold but he might be able to get them back.

Dallaire said that on Jan. 15 Gibson told him he had a lead on one firearm and would meet with the person who had it later that day, but that as of Jan. 21 Gibson had not contacted law enforcement officials about the matter again.

The warrant for Gibson’s arrest was served last Friday, and he is scheduled for a pretrial conference on April 14.

Linton Resident Arrested after Alleged Altercation in Motel Room

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Jordan M. Sharp was arrested last Friday on a warrant that was issued the previous day.

At around 6 a.m. on Feb. 25, Linton Police Department Officer Paul Clark responded to Allen’s Motel in Linton. He met with Sharp’s girlfriend, who told him that she and Sharp had been out drinking the night before, and that she had returned to their motel room alone and gone to sleep. The woman stated that an intoxicated Sharp woke her up by entering the room and accusing her of infidelity before taking her phone.

She said that when she tried to keep Sharp from taking her phone he grabbed her from behind and put his arm across her neck, choking her. She stated that she could not breathe and that he also struck her in the face with a closed fist, which caused her nose to bleed.

Sharp allegedly struck her in the side of her abdomen, as well, and caused damage to the room and property inside of it before taking the woman’s phone and leaving.

Clark stated in a probable cause affidavit that he called the number of the phone the woman reported stolen and reached a man who identified himself as Sharp. The man said he was at a friend’s residence and was injured because of being battered by the woman. He allegedly admitted to taking her phone and agreed to explain the incident at the police department, but never did so.

Sharp, 26, is charged with theft, a class D felony, strangulation, a class D felony, and battery resulting in bodily injury, a class A misdemeanor.

Man Accused of Theft, Unauthorized Control of a Vehicle

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department arrested Joe L. Hofmann near Jasonville on Monday morning.

Investigating Officer Deputy Jeffrey Brown took Hofman into custody on State Road 48 and County Road 1100 West. He is preliminarily charged with attempted theft, unauthorized control of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, and trespass.

Detective James O’Malley and Jasonville Police Chief Rick Van Horn assisted.

Updated: Warrant Issued after Alleged Hot Dog Theft in Bloomfield

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An Odon man accused of stealing a hot dog from a convenience store has been arrested on a warrant.

Rickey J. Moore II, 21, allegedly went to the Picnic Basket on the night of February 10, poured a fountain drink, and pulled a hotdog out of the rotisserie. Bloomfield Deputy Marshal Marvin Holt stated in a court document that store surveillance footage then showed Moore placing the hot dog in his pocket before paying for his drink and leaving the store.

According to Holt, both he and Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bobby Pierce recognized Moore because of prior encounters and his previous incarcerations.

Holt, Pierce, and Bloomfield Deputy Jordan Allor found the car Moore was driving at a residence near the Picnic Basket and attempted to gain entry. Holt stated that he heard a female whisper “Rickey” as he knocked on the door and that Allor looked through a window and saw a man lying on a couch in the residence, but no one answered the door.

The warrant for Moore’s arrest was issued last Friday for a preliminary charge of theft, a class D felony. As of Thursday morning, he is being held on $4,000 bond with an optional cash amount of $400 (ten percent).

 

Linton Woman Faces Preliminary Charges of Theft, Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting Law Enforcement

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Angel R. Walls, 29, of Linton, was arrested and preliminarily charged with theft, resisting law enforcement, and disorderly conduct on Feb. 15 at the Roosevelt Mission.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Linton Police Officer Nick Yingling was made aware of the theft of a cell phone during a routine investigation. At the time, the victim reported that Walls stole the phone from his residence.

According to the court document, Yingling located Walls at the Roosevelt Mission in Linton, but she denied having the cell phone. At this point, Indiana State Trooper Richard Klun was called in to assist. At the time, Walls asked if she was going to jail and Yingling replied that she would not go to jail if she produced the phone. Walls continued to deny having the phone. She was then advised of her Pirtle warning and immediately refused consent to search.

Yingling and Klun continued to investigate the matter and further questioned the victim. According to the court document, Walls had asked the victim to borrow some money and the victim was going to comply with the request. According to the victim, Walls was at his residence at the time of the request, but suddenly left. Shortly after her leaving, the victim then realized that his Motorola flip cell phone was gone from its charger, $45 was missing from his wallet, $102 was missing from a box in his bedroom, and $80 was missing from his coffee table. The victim also reported that no one else had been at the residence.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the victim also told officers that while at the American Legion a woman had told him that a random female was calling her from his phone. The victim then told the woman that his phone had been stolen.

Officers then conducted an investigation with the woman. The woman reported that she received two calls from the victim’s phone and both times the caller was a female. The woman also reported knowing the victim and noted she had his phone number saved as a contact in her phone. The woman also noted that she called the victim’s phone and that she spoke with a female. During the conversation, the woman asked if she was speaking to Angel Walls and the female replied that she was Angel Walls. The woman then asked Walls if she had stolen the phone, but Walls hung up on her.

At this point, Officers Yingling and Klun along with Officer Thomas Jerrels returned to the Roosevelt Mission to find Walls. According to the court document, Walls was told that a witness had reportedly spoken with her on the victim’s phone, but Walls continued to deny having the phone and began cursing and yelling. Walls allegedly continued to act erratically, was uncooperative, and was then detained by Officer Jerrels. She was then advised of her Miranda Rights and waived her right to remain silent. Officer Paul Clark was then called on scene to assist.

Officers continued to search for the phone as well as conducted interviews with residents at the Roosevelt Mission. Walls reportedly continued to become agitated and was made to sit down by Officer Yingling. Walls also continued cursing and refused to calm down even after being told she would be arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement.

According to the court document, the phone was then found under the bed of a resident. At this time, Walls was asked why she stole the phone and replied that she didn’t have any minutes on her phone and needed to talk to people. The phone was verified to be the victim’s.

Walls faces the following preliminary charges: Theft, a class D felony; resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor.

Owensburg Man Accused of Battery, Theft

Lee Riley

On Thursday, Feb. 6, a warrant was issued for the arrest of 29-year-old Lee A. Riley. He was booked into the Greene County Jail early on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 13.

On Sunday, Feb. 2, a man contacted the Greene County Sheriff’s Department to report that someone had struck him in the back of the head with an object, and that he was bleeding. The man told Deputy James Carpenter that he recognized the man who struck him but did not know his name.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the man was bleeding severely down his back and neck and said he felt like he was about to faint. He was taken to Monroe County Hospital, where Carpenter spoke with him again later that same day.

The man said he opened his door after someone knocked on it, and saw the man who had cut firewood at his residence the day before standing at the bottom of his porch steps. He stated that he was then struck in the head from behind. He told Carpenter he fell to his knees on the porch and that the man later identified as Riley began striking him, too.

He said he was struck multiple times in the back of the head, shoulders, and back. He told Carpenter that he did not see the first person who struck him from behind, and also that he did not see a vehicle. He stated that after he rolled over and grabbed the pant leg of the man later identified as Riley, both of his attackers ran down the steps and left.

The man added that he realized his wallet was hanging out of his pocket, and that he was missing $600.

Carpenter provided the man with a photo line-up of six individuals, and the man selected the photo of Riley as that of the man who attacked him.

The physician who treated the man said he had been struck in the head at least five to six times, causing lacerations. He also had strike points to his back and required several staples to close the wounds.

Riley is preliminarily charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a class C felony, and theft, a class D felony. As of Friday morning, he was being held without bond.

Two Men Accused of Stealing Guns, Cash

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Two men are accused of stealing four guns and a lock box from a Bloomfield residence in January.

Thirty-three-year-old Michael R. Ray, of Springville, was taken into custody Friday. A warrant for 25-year-old Samuel Bates, of Bloomfield, was issued on Feb. 3.

On the morning of January 30, a man contacted the Greene County Sheriff’s Department to report that he had just seen two men leave his father’s residence. He identified the men, both of whom he said were friends of his, and stated that he saw Bates exiting the home through a dog door on the side of the attached garage.

The caller reported that Bates removed several items from the garage, and that he and Ray left in Bates’ car. He said he tried to follow them in his own car, but was unable to keep up in traffic.

Deputy Shawn Cullison met with the homeowner, who reported four missing guns– a Glock, a Phoenix 22LR, a Winchester 30-30 lever gun, and a Remington 22LR semi-automatic rifle. He also said he was missing a lock box that contained paperwork for the guns, a debit card, and a wallet containing $600 cash.

The missing items had been stored in a gun safe in the garage, and the owner said the safe was normally locked but that he did not remember locking it the night before. He told Cullison that he knew both of the suspects and that Bates was into drugs and thefts before, but that he never thought he would steal from him.

Cullison contacted the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and learned that Bates was on probation. His probation officer reported that he was supposed to report to her office daily, but had failed to show up on Jan 29 and 30.

Cullison spoke with the son of the victim again, who reported that his father also remembered having $10,000 in cash in the lock box.

Ray is charged with theft, a class D felony, and burglary, a class B felony. His cash-only bond was set at $19,000, with no ten percent allowed. As of Monday morning he remained in the Greene County Jail.

Owensburg Woman Accused of Stealing Two Firearms

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Owensburg resident Emily R. Osborne was arrested on a warrant last Friday.

The 29-year-old is accused of stealing two firearms.

On January 2, another Owensburg resident reported the theft of a .234 caliber Ruger Model M77 and a Browning Lightning 12 gauge from his home. He told Greene County Sheriff’s Department Detective James O’Malley that Osborne had been staying at his residence while he was out-of-town for about three weeks.

O’Malley stated in a probable cause affidavit that he discovered Osborn had pawned both firearms at Ace Pawn Shop in Bloomington. Ace Pawn Shop provided copies of the transaction tickets and videos of the transaction.

On January 14, O’Malley located Osborne and she allegedly told him she took the two firearms without permission and pawned them because she needed money.

The warrant for Osborne’s arrest was issued on January 24. She is charged with theft, a class D felony.

Linton Man Charged with Auto Theft, Criminal Mischief

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William J. Rose, 33, is accused of stealing a car and destroying his ex-wife’s property.

On Thursday, a woman told Investigating Officer Paul Clark, of the Linton Police Department, that she and the suspect finalized their divorce that day. She said that she and Rose had an argument Thursday evening and that he began cutting up her clothing with a large knife.

The woman stated that Rose also took her gold Dodge Caravan without permission, and damaged the front window.

According to an LPD news release, Officer Thomas Jerrels found Rose driving the Caravan.  The knife that was allegedly used to damage the woman’s clothing was inside the vehicle.

Rose is preliminarily charged with auto theft, a class D felony, and criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor. His bond was set at $4,500 with an optional amount of $450 (ten percent).

Man Allegedly Broke into CVS to Pay off Drug Debts

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A Linton man was arrested early Thursday morning, after allegedly breaking into the Linton CVS Pharmacy.

At shortly before 1 a.m., Linton dispatch received a call from the CVS Central Alarm, stating that they were currently observing a subject on camera hitting a window with a hammer.

Linton Police Department Sergeant Chad Crynes drove to CVS Pharmacy and saw that the drive through window was busted out. A hammer, a black glove, and a gray hat were on the ground. He looked in the drive through window and saw a man with a flashlight going through shelves in the pharmacy.

Crynes stated in a probable cause affidavit filed in the Greene Superior Court on Thursday that he recognized the man as 29-year-old Jamison K. Wease. Crynes said that when he asked if anyone else was in the building, Wease initially replied that someone was, but that after a brief moment he admitted that he was the only person in the pharmacy. Officers later cleared the store, and no other people were found.

Crynes ordered Wease to exit the building through the window, and then took him into custody and later interviewed him at the Linton Police Department.

Wease allegedly told Crynes that he had been going through a rough time in his life and had got himself into a situation where he owed some people for a drug debt. He said he spontaneously came up with the idea to break into CVS Pharmacy and that he felt he could repay his debt and get out of his situation by taking pills and/or narcotics.

Crynes stated that Wease said he was the only person involved and that no one else was aware of his intentions.

Wease reportedly described how he had difficulty getting the window to break and became upset, hitting the window repeatedly. He said he tried to get into the first hole he made but it was too small, so he hit the window more to make the hole larger, and also that he was only inside for about five to 10 seconds before he heard Crynes yelling at him.

Crynes said Wease told him that he knew he was going to get caught when he heard the alarm activate but that he really did not care because he wanted to get caught, since his addiction had gotten out of control and he felt the only way to fix his addiction was to get caught.

Wease is charged with burglary, a class C felony, attempted theft, a class D felony, and criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor. His bond was set at $14,000 with an optional amount of $1,400 (ten percent).

 

Two People Arrested after Alleged Thefts from Walmart

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Two people are facing charges associated with an alleged theft from the Linton Walmart on January 19.

At around 9:30 that night, Linton Police Department Sergeant Chad Crynes spoke with Walmart’s Assistant Manager, Bryan Shelton, who told him he believed someone had just pushed items out of the store in a grocery cart without paying for them.

Twenty-seven-year-old Aubrey L. Baukat allegedly activated the alarm system while walking out of the store. Shelton told Crynes that Baukat could not produce a receipt for her items, but that she said she had paid for them.

Shelton could not see the items in the cart because they were covered by a coat, but when he reviewed security footage he allegedly saw Baukat and a man put a Playstation 3 in the cart. He told Crynes that Baukat placed a coat over the merchandise and left the store without paying.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Crynes recognized the man in the video as 21-year-old Harley J. Shields, who was living at Allen’s Motel in Linton. He also recognized that Baukat was on video from an incident the night before, where she entered the store with Shields’ mother. The two women allegedly covered chocolate milk, a gallon of regular milk, and diapers with their coats and then left the store without paying.

Baukat was also living at Allen’s Motel, and when Crynes spoke with her there on January 20 she allegedly admitted to taking the Playstation 3 without paying for it. She said it was not something that was planned, and that Shields was not involved in the incident.

Crynes explained that he saw her on surveillance video taking other items without paying for them the night before she took the Playstation 3, and she reportedly admitted to stealing cereal, pop, cat food, and milk.

Baukat told Crynes she pawned the Playstation at Disc Replay in Terre Haute for $75. She added that she pawned it to pay rent for the room and that she needed food for her kids.

The following day, Crynes learned that the receipt at Disc Replay was signed by Shields. When he asked Baukat why Shields sold it, she replied that he had the only identification that was not expired. She also told Crynes that Shields knew it was stolen but that he sold it to help her out.

Later that day, Crynes spoke with Shields, who allegedly admitted to selling the Playstation 3 even though he knew it was stolen, in order to help Baukat out.

Warrants were issued for Baukat and Shields last Thursday and they were both taken into custody on Friday.

Baukat is charged with two counts of theft, a class D felony. Her bail is set at $16,000 with an optional amount of $1,600 (ten percent).

Shields faces a charge of receiving stolen property, a class D felony, and a petition to revoke a suspended sentence. He was convicted of theft in February of last year, and the motion to revoke his suspended sentence was filed last Thursday.

His bond for the charge of theft is set at $4,000 with an optional amount of $400 (ten percent). No bond is set for the petition to revoke a suspended sentence.

Tamera Crosley Enters Plea of Not Guilty on Friday

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Tamera Crosley, 19, of Worthington, entered a plea of not guilty and requested a court-appointed attorney during her initial hearing Friday morning at the Greene County Superior Court.

Crosley is charged with obstruction of justice, a class D felony, two counts of false informing, class B misdemeanors, and conspiracy to commit theft, a class D felony.

Crosley’s pretrial conference is set for 2:30 p.m. March 3.

Her husband, Randal E. Crosley, is accused of murdering 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe in June of 2013.

Tamera Crosley’s charges are connected to the Wolfe incident.

On June 7 of last year, while investigating the disappearance of Katelyn Wolfe, Officers Josh Goodman and Paul Clark were interviewing Randal Crosley at the LPD when he allegedly admitted to selling Wolfe six Valium pills and also to having additional pills at his residence that he had planned to sell to her later.

The officers then interviewed Tamera Crosley, and according to a probable cause affidavit filed Jan. 10, she admitted to flushing the pills when law enforcement was at her residence earlier that morning.  She told the police that she did not know her husband was involved in drugs and that she disposed of the pills because she has a child and did not want to get in trouble.  She later provided the plastic bag the pills were in to law enforcement for evidence.

As part of the ongoing investigation, however, officers allegedly learned from phone records, phone data, and interviews that she was previously aware of and involved in illegal drug activity.

Officer Ryan Van Horn and Detective Paul Suding interviewed Tamera Crosley at the Jasonville Police Department that evening.

The officers asked Crosley about the nature of her sexual relationship with her husband, and she advised that they had sex a lot but that it was normal and they did not get into “freaky things, never have”.  She said they had never used bondage, handcuffs, or toys, and that while they wanted to go to Cirilla’s they had not yet been there.

Officers learned from video security footage that Crosley and Jordan W. Buskirk, who has plead guilty to Wolfe’s murder, had gone to Cirilla’s on June 4 and purchased various items including handcuffs.

Later, probable cause affidavits were filed on both Randal Crosley and Buskirk, which included the details of the condition of Wolfe’s body, statements Buskirk made to the police, and a list of items the two men purchased at Cirilla’s prior to Wolfe’s murder.

On June 24, Goodman and Clark interviewed Tamera Crosley again, and she said she knew what Buskirk’s affidavit said and that the things the men purchased at Cirilla’s were things she wanted and had been begging her husband to go to Cirilla’s and purchase.  She told the officers that she was into weird things in their sex life and her husband was not, and that she told him she liked to be tied down and handcuffed.

She went on to say that Randal Crosley had brought her the handcuffs and that Buskirk had grabbed them when they were on the porch, possibly the day before Wolfe went missing.  She added that her husband told her he had surprises for her, but that he did not show her anything besides the handcuffs.

Crosley refused to take a polygraph examination regarding her statement, and Goodman noted in the court document that the statement she gave on the 24th was completely different than what she had said on June 10.  He stated that he believes the statement she gave on the 24th was a dishonest statement intended to mislead law enforcement and to attempt to cover for her husband’s involvement in Wolfe’s murder.

Van Horn interviewed her again several weeks later and she allegedly agreed to take a polygraph examination as to her statements about the items purchased from Cirilla’s, but did not follow through with taking the examination

In December, Tamera Crosley allegedly entered into an agreement with a minor wherein the minor would steal baby clothes for Crosley.  Greene County Sheriff’s Department Detective James O’Malley, who was off-duty and at Walmart on personal business, saw the juvenile concealing the items and, after talking to the child, paid for the items and gave the juvenile $20 cash.

O’Malley went to the service desk to tell Walmart staff about the incident and observed a man returning the items he had just purchased for the juvenile.  The man told him he was asked by another individual to return the items for cash, and that individual, who was waiting in the parking lot, was identified as Tamera Crosley.

Crosley allegedly planned to put the money on her husband’s account at the Greene County Jail.

The man who attempted to return the items to the store said he did not know the items were stolen, and the juvenile agreed that the plan to steal them was not discussed with him.  The juvenile also stated that he or she did not know that Crosley planned to return the items for money to put on her husband’s books at the jail.

NewsBarb author Heather Rogers contributed to this report. 

 

Updated: Wife of Man Accused of Murdering Katelyn Wolfe Facing Charges

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Update: Jan. 13, 11:01 a.m.

Tamera D. Crosley was released from the Greene County Jail on Sunday, after paying $900 bond money (10 percent).

Original article published Jan. 10, 9:56 p.m.

Update Jan. 11, 9:11 p.m.:

Randal E. Crosley is accused of murdering 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe in June of 2013.

He also faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder, a class A felony, conspiracy to commit rape, a class B felony, criminal confinement, a class C felony, and two counts of dealing a controlled substance, class C felonies.

Friday, an arrest warrant was issued for Crosley’s wife Tamera D. Crosley,  19, of Worthington.  She was taken into custody by Linton Police Department Detective Sergeant Joshua Goodman at just after 8 p.m.

On June 7 of last year, while investigating the disappearance of Katelyn Wolfe, Officers Goodman and Paul Clark were interviewing Randal Crosley at the LPD when he allegedly admitted to selling Wolfe six Valium pills and also to having additional pills at his residence that he had planned to sell to her later.

The officers then interviewed Tamera Crosley, and according to a probable cause affidavit filed Friday, she admitted to flushing the pills when law enforcement was at her residence earlier that morning.  She told the police that she did not know her husband was involved in drugs and that she disposed of the pills because she has a child and did not want to get in trouble.  She later provided the plastic bag the pills were in to law enforcement for evidence.

As part of the ongoing investigation, however, officers allegedly learned from phone records, phone data, and interviews, that she was previously aware of and involved in illegal drug activity.

On June 10, law enforcement located Wolfe’s body, and Randal Crosley was a primary suspect in the investigation.  The condition in which Wolfe’s body was found was not initially disclosed to anyone outside of law enforcement.  She was submerged in a lake, bound with duct tape and rope, with her hands handcuffed behind her back and an anchor attached to her.

Officer Ryan Van Horn and Detective Paul Suding interviewed Tamera Crosley at the Jasonville Police Department that evening.

The officers asked Crosley about the nature of her sexual relationship with her husband, and she advised that they had sex a lot but that it was normal and they did not get into “freaky things, never have”.  She said they had never used bondage, handcuffs, or toys, and that while they wanted to go to Cirilla’s they had not yet been there.

Officers learned from video security footage that Crosley and Jordan W. Buskirk, who has plead guilty to Wolfe’s murder, had gone to Cirilla’s on June 4 and purchased various items including handcuffs.

Later, probable cause affidavits were filed on both Randal Crosley and Buskirk, which included the details of the condition of Wolfe’s body, statements Buskirk made to the police, and a list of items the two men purchased at Cirilla’s prior to Wolfe’s murder.

On June 24, Goodman and Clark interviewed Tamera Crosley again, and she said she knew what Buskirk’s affidavit said and that the things the men purchased at Cirilla’s were things she wanted and had been begging her husband to go to Cirilla’s and purchase.  She told the officers that she was into weird things in their sex life and her husband was not, and that she told him she liked to be tied down and handcuffed.

She went on to say that Randal Crosley had brought her the handcuffs and that Buskirk had grabbed them when they were on the porch, possibly the day before Wolfe went missing.  She added that her husband told her he had surprises for her, but that he did not show her anything besides the handcuffs.

Crosley refused to take a polygraph examination regarding her statement, and Goodman noted in the court document that the statement she gave on the 24th was completely different than what she had said on June 10.  He stated that he believes the statement she gave on the 24th was a dishonest statement intended to mislead law enforcement and to attempt to cover for her husband’s involvement in Wolfe’s murder.

Van Horn interviewed her again several weeks later and she allegedly agreed to take a polygraph examination as to her statements about the items purchased from Cirilla’s, but did not follow through with taking the examination

In December, Tamera Crosley allegedly entered into an agreement with a minor wherein the minor would steal baby clothes for Crosley.  Greene County Sheriff’s Department Detective James O’Malley, who was off-duty and at Walmart on personal business, saw the juvenile concealing the items and, after talking to the child, paid for the items and gave the juvenile $20 cash.

O’Malley went to the service desk to tell Walmart staff about the incident and observed a man returning the items he had just purchased for the juvenile.  The man told him he was asked by another individual to return the items for cash, and that individual, who was waiting in the parking lot, was identified as Tamera Crosley.

Crosley allegedly planned to put the money on her husband’s account at the Greene County Jail.

The man who attempted to return the items to the store said he did not know the items were stolen, and the juvenile agreed that the plan to steal them was not discussed with him.  The juvenile also stated that he or she did not know that Crosley planned to return the items for money to put on her husband’s books at the jail.

Tamera Crosley is charged with obstruction of justice, a class D felony, two counts of false informing, class B misdemeanors, and conspiracy to commit theft, a class D felony.

DNA Analysis Leads to Arrest of Burglary Suspect

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DNA analysis of blood stains found at a burglary scene nearly a year ago has led to the arrest of a suspect in the crime.

On January 29, 2013, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department learned of a break-in at a home in Springville. The burglar gained entrance by breaking the glass panel out of a door in the kitchen area.

The resident reported that he had about $20 worth of loose change on the kitchen countertop and prescription Loritab in the cabinet directly above the countertop. The change and medication were the only items taken from the home.

Detective James O’Malley found what appeared to be two small bloodstains near the countertop and another on the curtain that covered the shattered entry door. Samples of the stains were sent to the Indiana State Police Evansville Lab for DNA analysis.

The sheriff’s department received a Certificate of Analysis on December 23rd, which stated that the DNA profile from the stain on the window curtain was found to be consistent with the convicted offender sample from 20-year-old Billy D. Mills, of Bedford. A warrant for his arrest was issued on January 8 of this year, and Mills was booked into the Greene County Jail the same day.

Mills is charged with burglary, a class B felony, and theft, a class D felony.

Three People Accused of Stealing from Linton Walmart

Dakota Carpenter

Three Sullivan Residents were arrested in Linton Sunday night, after allegedly stealing from Walmart.

The Linton Police Department received a call at about 9:30 p.m. from a woman who thought she had witnessed a male and female leaving the store with items they had not paid for. She gave the department the couple’s license plate number and said the blue Ford van they were driving was heading north on State Road 54. The caller also reported that she had noticed a black male inside the van prior to it leaving the Walmart parking lot.

The plate number belonged to a blue 2006 Ford registered to ResCare, Inc., and Officer Debbie McDonald Miller requested that the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department watch for the vehicle in their county. She also spoke with a Walmart manager who confirmed that video cameras in the store showed the couple the caller had described leaving the store with a cart full of items they had not paid for.

A short time later, Sullivan County contacted Miller to say they had stopped the van, which contained six people. Sullivan officers took the individuals to the Sullivan County Jail, where Miller met with them.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday, two of the subjects were residents of the Sullivan County ResCare Group Home, and were released to another care giver. Their care giver for that evening was Cristina L. Craig, 19. Also in the van were 18-year-old Jozlyn J. Followell, 19-year-old Dakota W. Carpenter, and another man.

Miller interviewed the four suspects with audio and video recording of the conversations. Carpenter said Craig had called him to ask if he wanted to go to Linton Walmart with her to steal stuff, and that she picked him up in the ResCare van. He also said Craig told him of specific items she wanted, and that he and Followell separated from the others when they arrived at Walmart.

Carpenter allegedly said that items stolen for him included four seat covers, four floor mats, foot pedals, a locking gas cap, four car air fresheners, and various items of clothing. He told Miller that Craig had requested two Betty Boop seat covers, four floor mats, and car air fresheners, and added that Followell’s items consisted of two pairs of yoga pants and two shirts.

Craig said she was working at ResCare when the two residents wanted to go to Walmart and that she called to ask Followell and Carpenter if they wanted to go along with her. She told Miller those two went in one direction in the store, the other man went in another, and she stayed with the two residents. She stated that when she saw Followell and Carpenter near the electronics she put Betty Boop floor mats and seat covers into their cart intending to pay for them but when the two residents became impatient she took them to the van and assumed that Followell and Carpenter put her items back since she had not given them money to pay for them.

Craig said she did not know that they were going to steal the items.

Followell told Miller that Craig invited her and Carpenter to go to Walmart to steal items, and that she got a few shirts and pants, socks, a camo jacket, and a cheetah coffee cup. She said Cristina had put a car battery and an emergency kit into the cart but took them out because it was too heavy for her to push, and that Carpenter selected floor mats and seat covers, clothes, and a camo jacket. She alleged that Craig got Betty Boop floor mats and a steering wheel cover, air fresheners, and a camo jacket.

Followell stated that Craig had gone outside to kind of act like a lookout and added that the last man opened the back doors to the van so they could load the stuff.

That man said he went on the trip to buy baby wipes and that the group had intended to steal from Walmart for about a week, and that on the drive from Sullivan to Linton Craig, Carpenter, and Followell discussed how Carpenter and Followell were going to steal a car battery for Craig. He stated that he paid for his baby wipes and then waited for the others in the van, later opening the back doors of the vehicle for them.

He said that he figured they had stolen the cart full of items.

Carpenter, Craig, and Followell were all charged with theft, a class D felony.

 

Man Accused of Stealing Car in Linton to Drive to the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department

Ray Rose

At a little before 7 p.m. on November 9th, Linton Police Department Officer Thomas Jerrels responded to a report of a stolen vehicle.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday, when Jerrels spoke with the man who reported the vehicle stolen the man said he was borrowing his sister’s vehicle, which he had parked on Vincennes Street. He stated that he left the car for approximately 30 minutes to enter his home, and that when he went outside again the vehicle was missing. He added that he had left the keys in the vehicle’s ignition.

The owner of the car told Jerrels her brother was the only one with permission to have the vehicle.

At around a quarter after 8 p.m., the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department contacted the LPD to say that Ray G. Rose, Jr., 32, of Linton, had entered their department and stated that he had stolen a vehicle from the Linton area and driven to the sheriff’s department to turn himself in on a warrant.

Rose did not, however, have a warrant out for his arrest.

Jerrels interviewed Rose at the Linton Police Department and Rose said he had entered the vehicle on Vincennes Street, noticed the keys were in the ignition, and taken the vehicle without permission. He stated that he then drove to the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department to see if his wife was in jail. In the court document, Jerrels noted that Rose did not explain what his intentions were after arriving at the sheriff’s department and that he did not say he intended to return the vehicle.

Rose is charged with auto theft, a class D felony.

 

Pre-Teens Alert Police, Parents after Man Allegedly Breaks into Their Home

On Monday morning, Terrie Schaper and Billy Smith left their Linton residence to head to work at a little after 6:30.

Schaper’s 12-year-old daughter, Courtney Zukoski, and Smith’s 11-year-old son, Chaise, walk the short distance to school in the mornings, and both were still at home.

Smith said a man who was later identified as Troy S. White, 30, of Linton, must have been watching the house Monday morning because he broke in right after Smith left for work.

“He kicked in the back door,” Smith explained. “I’d left my climbing gear in the garage so I had to circle around the block and when I came back he was already in the house. The kids said he watched me pull in, go in the garage, and pull back out.”

Schaper noted that at that point, the kids did not even know there was anything wrong with the man being in the house, since she and Smith have been remodeling and they assumed White was there to work.

“When he came walking in I guess Courtney was still lying in bed, trying to get motivated, and Chaise was in the back bedroom. When [White] walked in neither of them really heard him come in … but when he went into the back bedroom I guess he asked Chaise for a cell phone because he wanted to make a phone call,” said Schaper.

White allegedly used Zukoski’s phone to make calls before returning it to her.

“At that point, he got them together and told them to go back into Courtney’s room and told them to get underneath the bed and call 911. They still didn’t really know what was going on. He was saying there were a whole bunch of guys outside who were after him and had guns, and that he was there to protect them,” Schaper continued.

Zukoski called 911, and Schaper said that afterwards White told her not to have any further communication with anyone. She added that at some point during the encounter he started pulling knives out of a block in the kitchen and handed one to Chaise. She explained that White then began knocking over furniture, banging on the walls with a large paint stick, and throwing things around the house.

At around 6:40 a.m., Zukoski sent a text to Schaper and Smith while she was hidden under the bed where White could not see her.

“She sends me a frantic text saying someone was in the house and they thought they were going to kill them,” recalled Schaper. “At that point, it was going through my mind that it might have been a joke. Yeah, her and her friends have played practical jokes on us before.”

Schaper soon realized her daughter was serious, and left her job a couple of blocks from their home. When she pulled in the driveway she noticed the porch light was on, which was unusual, and when she tried the front door it was dead bolted. Only Smith had a key to the dead bolt, so she could not enter the front of the house.

“I looked in, and we have this big dog and her cage was up against their bedroom door, and I thought that was kind of odd … so I walked around the side of the house and looked in a window and there he was. I freaked out, because I peeked around and he was swinging this bat around and throwing stuff, so I ran back here and got on the phone with 911,” explained Schaper.

She let the dispatcher know White was in the house with the kids, and that she could not see the children. The police were already on the way, and Schaper said when they arrived White opened a window to speak with the officers and then let the children leave the house. She added that law enforcement officials pulled White out through the window.

Smith was almost to Bloomington when Schaper called him to explain what was happening, and he arrived back at their home shortly after the police took White away. Smith said he does not know White at all, although they have a loose connection to one another.

“He knows my family through my step-brother’s dad’s girlfriend. He’s her son, so he knows our names and he tried to play it off like he knew all of us personally. I’ve never met the guy.”

Smith and Schaper are relieved that neither child was harmed, and proud of the way the kids handled the situation.

“We’re just glad that they were smart enough to stay under the bed and not provoke him in any way. She [Zukoski] called 911, and she was smart enough to send us a text and let us know something was going on. They did good– they kept their calm,” stated Smith.

Schaper said both of the kids were pretty shaken up Monday night, and that the family has changed their locks and added extra security features to their home.

“We try to preach to the kids that this is why we don’t want them going here and there by themselves. We let them walk back and forth to school by themselves, a lot of kids walk to and from school, but you can’t even do that nowadays. You can’t leave them home for just a couple of minutes so they can walk to school. They’ll be coming with me every day.”

White is charged with burglary, a class B felony, two counts of criminal confinement, class C felonies, theft, a class D felony, and possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.

 

Two Bloomfield Residents Charged with Theft

Samuel Summerville

Samuel E. Summerville, 24, and Jessica A. Purtlebaugh, 27, were arrested Saturday on warrants issued on October 24th.

The couple is accused of stealing batteries from tractors in a barn on private property. The batteries were last seen on the night of October 13th, and on the evening of October 14th the owner of the tractors noticed the battery cables had been cut and the batteries were gone.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim told Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Harvey Holt that he thought Summerville had stolen the batteries because Summerville had stolen things in the past. On October 16th, Holt learned that two people, allegedly including Summerville, had sold three batteries to J&M Salvage for a total of $27 on October 15th. The cables to the batteries appeared to have been recently cut, and they were similar to the ones that had been stolen.

An employee at J&M Salvage also told Holt that Summerville had been accompanied by a small female who stayed in the car during the transaction.

Holt and Deputy Greg Flinn went to Summerville’s residence and asked Summerville and his fiancé, Purtlebaugh, to go to the sheriff’s department for interviews. Both suspects consented, and during the interviews Summerville initially denied taking the batteries but then admitted to the theft. He said he came up with the idea to get extra money so his fiancé could see her kids.

Summerville explained that Purtlebaugh followed him to the barn and that although he did not tell her where they were heading it was his intention to steal the batteries. He said Purtlebaugh held his phone while he cut batteries from the tractors with bolt cutters he brought from home, and also stated that Purtlebaugh carried one of the batteries when they left.

Summerville told Holt that after selling the batteries for $27 he used the money for food and gas so his fiancé could visit her kids.

After the interviews, the couple showed Holt the bolt cutters they used, which had fresh scratches on the blade from recent use.

Summerville and Purtlebaugh are both charged with theft, a class D felony, and Summerville is also charged with criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor.

 

Woman Accused of Stealing More than $800 of Merchandise from Walmart

Jessica Huffman

Saturday afternoon the Linton Police Department received a call from Walmart.

Investigating Officer Sergeant Chad Crynes arrived at Walmart while the female suspect, 31-year-old Jessica R. Huffman of Elnora, was still shopping. About an hour later Crynes was contacted again and told that Huffman was outside the store with numerous stolen items.

Crynes met with Huffman in the office area and determined that she had left the store with $873.21 worth of unpaid merchandise.

According to a release from the Linton Police Department, when Huffman was interviewed at the Greene County Sheriff’s Department she stated that she only took a few items.

Huffman was arrested on a preliminary charge of theft, a class D felony.