(Versailles, Ind.) – As Ripley County experiences a rise in home burglaries, Sheriff Tom Grills is warning thieves that there is a good likelihood they’ll be caught.
“We are experiencing another wave of home burglaries where electronics, guns, jewelry, and cash are being removed from the homes,” Grills said.
A continued investigation is ongoing into a recent rash of residential burglaries and future arrests are expected.
The Sheriff’s Office reports several arrests have been made throughout Ripley and adjoining counties, with more anticipated.
One example occurred earlier this month. Forty-year-olds Robert L. Huntington, of Milan, and Michael W. Simers, of Osgood, had allegedly broken into several businesses in Dearborn and Ohio counties from June through September. While they weren’t caught in the act, investigators were able to gather enough evidence from each burglary to make the arrests.
“With today’s technology, it is only a matter of time in catching the burglars,” Grills said. “Evidence collection has become more intense than before, and the Sheriff’s Office is capitalizing on it.”
The sheriff advises citizens to not touch or remove anything when they discover they have become a burglary victim, preserving the scene for investigation. They should call the sheriff’s office, Indiana State Police, or local police agency immediately.
“Lock your doors, secure valuables and watching out for one another, reporting suspicious activity in your neighborhoods,” he said.
Anybody with information on burglaries or any criminal act is urged to contact the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office at (812) 689-5558, (812) 689-5555, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.