1 adult, 4 juveniles arrested in burglary investigation

From Local Sources

HUNTINGBURG — A man jailed Thursday on an unrelated matter and two juveniles are being accused of a burglary this week in Huntingburg in which jewelry was taken. 

A total of four juveniles are preliminarily being charged with crimes as a result of the investigation.

Cruz

The Huntingburg Police Department took a burglary and theft report involving a 19th Street residence on Monday. Several pieces of jewelry were taken, police said, and the resident told authorities he had a suspect in mind who could have taken the items.

The burglary victim contacted Huntingburg police at 11 p.m. Wednesday to advise he saw the suspect near a Lincoln Drive apartment complex. Officers were no successful at that time in finding the suspect, identified as Brian S. Cruz, 18, 105 W. Main St., Holland.

Police say they did locate four juveniles in a vehicle who had allegedly dropped off Cruz in Holland. The officers report locating marijuana and paraphernalia in the vehicle.

As a result, police said, a 17-year-old male from Jasper and a 16-year-old female from Jasper were preliminarily charged with misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia. Those juveniles were released to their parents.

Cruz, who was wanted on Level 6 felony warrants for failing to return to lawful detention and auto theft in separate matters, was located in Holland by an Indiana State Police trooper and taken into custody after Huntingburg police had asked for the apprehension.

Huntingburg officers continuing the investigation Thursday spoke with several individuals throughout the evening and found a possible location of a black bag allegedly containing all the stolen jewelry. The bag was then located at the residence of one of the juveniles who had been contacted in the vehicle Wednesday. Police say that juvenile is a 17-year-old male from Huntingburg.

A Huntingburg officer then went to Jasper to speak with another of the vehicle occupants, a 17-year-old male from Jasper.

Both of those juveniles were brought to the Huntingburg Police Station at 2 a.m. today and were placed under arrest for preliminary Level 4 felony counts of burglary and Level 6 felony counts of theft. They were then transported to a juvenile detention facility to await a court date.

Cruz is being preliminarily charged with the same felony burglary and theft counts. He is additionally being preliminarily charged with two Level 6 felony counts of contibuting to the delinquency of minors and three misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors. He is currently lodged at the Dubois County Security Center.

Police say the items recovered from the investigation were estimated to be valued between $6,000 and $10,000.




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