Crawford County fight call leads to burglary arrests


ENGLISH — A call last week reporting five or six people involved in a fight in the Crawford County hamlet of Magnolia, northeast of Sulphur, resulted in the arrests of three people, two of whom are accused of being involved in multiple burglaries.

Crawford County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Shawn Scott said the case began during the afternoon of Wednesday, May 10, when he began a burglary and vandalism investigation in English and in Alton, in southern Crawford County by the Ohio River.

At least six camps in the English area were broken into by perpetrators who broke windows and pried open doors and windows, according to police. The old Alton schoolhouse had also been vandalized in a crime that was believed to be linked to the break-ins.

Scott had developed suspects in the burglaries, although the individuals he suspected had left the area. Police had video and pictures of a green SUV linked to the suspects.

Then, Scott said, at about 11:30 p.m. that Wednesday night, there was a report of five or six people beating up an individual in the Magnolia area.

Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Indiana State Police troopers responded to the Magnolia-area call. They arrived to learn that the people who were Scott’s burglary suspects had already left the scene in a green SUV.

Scott made contact with the suspects when they returned to the scene in Magnolia.

The driver of the SUV, 20-year-old Makayla Erickson of Pekin, allegedly had the smell of alcohol on her breath and had a low level of alcohol in her system in a blood alcohol content test. She was arrested and jailed on a misdemeanor count of minor consuming, according to Scott.

The passengers were Kenneth Josh Colgate, 22, of Alton, and a 16-year-old juvenile male from English.

Officers on scene observed evidence in the vehicle that was consistent with items taken from the camps in English, Scott said. It is alleged that alcohol stolen in the burglaries was stashed in the weeds and was later retrieved by those responsible for the break-ins.

Colgate and the juvenile were arrested and made initial appearances in court on Friday. Scott said both, at this time, are charged with three Level 4 felony counts of burglary. Additional charges could be filed at a later date, Scott added.

At least one prior investigation of theft with the same method of entry and items stolen could possibly be connected to the two, according to the sheriff’s department.

This case is open and under investigation, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information that may be helpful to the case is asked to contact the Crawford County dispatch center, at 812-338-3616, and ask to be directed to Deputy Shawn Scott.

All suspects and accused persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty under the law.

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