Earlier burglary arrest leads to drug charges


JASPER — Authorities took a woman into custody Wednesday on a felony drug warrant tied to her earlier arrest this month on a separate warrant charging her with felony burglary.


The new warrant out of Dubois Superior Court charges Dawn L. Prechtel, 39, 4250 S. Division Road, with Level 6 felony possession of narcotic drugs (two counts), possession of methamphetamine, illegal possession of a legend (prescription) drug, and illegal possession of a hypodermic syringe, plus a misdemeanor count of illegal possession of a controlled substance.

Court documents allege Prechtel was found to be in possession of drugs when she was taken into custody May 4 on a warrant charging her with burglary and theft.

In that earlier case, court documents allege that, on April 15, Prechtel entered a Jasper-area residence and stole in excess of 20 old coins. Witnesses coming to the home on the day of the theft allegedly encountered Prechtel, who was reported as acting nervously and sweating from the face, in the front doorway of the residence before she hurried to her car and left, according to court documents.

An investigation by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department determined Prechtel was known to the burglary victim.

On the day authorities took Prechtel into custody at her place of employment on the burglary warrant, she allegedly had illegal drugs and six hypodermic syringes in a purse that was inside a car she was driving. K9s from the sheriff’s department and Jasper Police Department allegedly indicated on the purse.

Authorities book Prechtel into custody on the new warrant Wednesday morning and booked her into the Dubois County Security Center at 9:56 a.m.

During an initial court appearance,the court granted her request for pauper counsel and entered a preliminary plea of not guilty on her behalf.

Following that court appearance, Prechtel posted a $1,500 bond. Her next court appearance was set for May 31.


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