Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Police are crediting local news stories and the public response they spawned for the arrest of a suspect who may have stolen hundreds of I-beams from the Dearborn County Highway Department.
Sheriff's Deputy David Funch said Monday that 900 of the steel I-beams were taken on various occasions over the past month from an unsecured area at the highway department garage on County Farm Road in Manchester.
Funch put out a plea for the public to come forward with information about the thefts.
The theft case was handed to the Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit for further investigation, which culminated Friday with an arrest.
Bradley Lusby, 29, of Sunman, is being charged with Receiving Stolen Property, a Class D Felony. He is held at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center.
“This case was solved largely because of information gained as a result of public response to the news story about the incident. The metal yard owner was very cooperative, citizen information was also a fator in identifying the vehicle and ultimately the suspect in the case,” McKay said.
According to a court affidavit filed by SCU Detective Tom McKay, Lusby sold the posts at an Ohio scrap yard on seven dates in August. On each date Lusby was identified as the person selling the posts through photos at the cashier cage as well as the vehicle he was driving, which was photographed while loaded with the beams.
The arrest should make Dearborn County taxpayers happy. The beams Lusby is accused of stealing are worth an estimated $9,000. Some had been scrapped, but many remained intact and have been returned to the highway department.
If convicted, Lusby faces up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.