Ripley County Sheriff's Office
(Cross Plains, Ind.) – Bad timing on his part has a possible burglary suspect behind bars in Ripley County.
On Monday morning, Ripley County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on State Road 62 just south of Cross Plains for a report of a man fleeing on foot.
“The homeowner, who rented the residence, just happened to drive by and see an unidentified male at the residence that appeared suspicious. Upon approaching the residence, the unidentified male fled on foot, leaving an unidentified vehicle in the driveway of the residence as well,” said Sheriff Tom Grills.
Police believed the man may have attempted to burglarize the home.
K9 officers and a helicopter were deployed to search for the fleeing man, who managed to elude capture. However, the vehicle he left behind gave police a good starting point in finding him.
Less than 24 hours later, deputies arrested Robert Wright, 22, of Cross Plains, on a warrant out of Dearborn County for a probation violation from a Burglary conviction.
Grills called Wright a “person of interest” in the ongoing Cross Plains burglary investigation.
The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the search and investigation by Dearborn County, Jefferson County, Ohio County, Switzerland County, and Hamilton County Ohio Sheriff’s Offices, Lawrenceburg Police, and the Indiana State Police.
Grills said drugs in the community play a big role in this type of behavior. In a statement the sheriff said:
“This county is not the only county being affected by drugs, or burglaries. You can see by the response of law enforcement Monday, we are all working together to make our communities a safer place to live. I commend the reporter for being observant and calling this activity in, and for law enforcement agencies from all over southeast Indiana for responding and dedicating their time to attempt to close another case of this behavior, potentially saving a life. It is together we can attempt to combat the problem and eradicate the negativity from our area, making this community what it once was. If you have not become a victim of this problem, you will be, unless we as a community fight it every step of the way, ensuring a better place for our kids to prosper.”
Anybody with information on criminal activity in Ripley County is urged to call the sheriff’s office at (812) 689-5555. You can remain anonymous.