Warrant charges man with self-storage burglary

From Local Sources


FERDINAND — A Spencer County man was booked into jail Monday on a warrant charging him with burglarizing a Ferdinand self-storage unit last summer.

The case against Mark A. Fletcher II, 41, 439 Medcalf St., Dale, began July 30, 2018, when a Ferdinand Police Department officer was patrolling at Access Storage in Ferdinand because of break-ins at the units in the previous weeks.

Court documents state the officer located a storage unit that was missing a lock. The investigation determined the victim of the rented unit was missing $1,000 in quilts, a $1,000 bookshelf, a $500 electric fireplace and other items that brought the value of missing belongings to $2,830.

An Indiana State Police trooper working break-ins in Dale and Santa Claus who was also familiar with the missing articles from Ferdinand contacted Ferdinand police in September in reference to recovered items.

The trooper had learned items allegedly stolen by Fletcher were sold to a Winslow auction company. Among items found at the auction facility was a bookshelf.

Ferdinand police interviewed Fletcher at the Spencer County Security Center. He allegedly admitted to taking the electric fireplace and bookshelf in Ferdinand. Court documents allege Fletcher stated he was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the burglary and could not remember exactly what he stole but did remember the fireplace and the bookshelf.

Police report the victim in the Ferdinand case identified the recovered property, which had been brought to the Ferdinand Police Station.

A warrant charging Fletcher with a Level 5 felony count of burglary and a Level 6 felony count of theft was issued in Dubois Circuit Court in September 2018.

Authorities booked Fletcher into the Dubois County Security Center at 10:50 a.m. Monday on the active warrant. He posted a $1,500 bond a short time later.

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