Arrests follow Home Depot theft

From Local Sources


JASPER — A Tuesday report of a theft at the Jasper Home Depot store resulted in the arrests of three men in Martin County.

Indiana State Police received a report about the Home Depot theft at 12:58 p.m. Police were told a suspect vehicle had left the store headed northbound on U.S. 231 with three male occupants.

Martin County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Keith Keller observed the vehicle a short time later east of Loogootee on U.S. 50 near Rama Dye Road.

Keller conducted a traffic stop and the three male occupants were detained and identified.

Troopers Ross Johnson and Deputy Jonathan Wells arrived to assist, with Johnson discovering that two generators stolen from the Jasper Home Depot were in the vehicle. Their value approached $1,200.


The three men were identified as Ramone L. Stroud, 50, Louisville, Kentucky, 18-year-old Jordan D. Armstrong and 37-year-old Howard S. Stiltz, both of Winamac. They were arrested and lodged in Martin County.

Police said Stroud was found to be operating the vehicle without a driver’s license and Armstrong was found to possess an illegal substance.

All three men were preliminarily charged with Level 6 felony theft. Armstrong was additionally charged with misdemeanor possession of a cannabinoid and Stroud was additionally charged with operating a motor vehicle without ever having been licensed.

The Loogootee Police Department and Martin County Emergency Medical Services also assisted.

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