Woman’s 3rd pending criminal case results in arrest

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

JASPER — A woman who already had two pending criminal cases in Dubois County courts was re-arrested during the weekend on a felony warrant related to a third case.

Mundy

The Huntingburg Police Department took Justice M. Mundy, 18, 609 E. Fifth St., Huntingburg, into custody Saturday on a Dubois Superior Court warrant charging her with a Level 6 felony count of theft.

Court documents allege that, on or about Feb. 14, it was found that Mundy had exerted unauthorized control of more than $750 worth of various laptops and/or cellphones and/or electronic accessories reported stolen in November from the Jasper Group, 225 Clay St.

Additional details in the case investigated by the Jasper Police Department were not immediately available.

On Feb. 17, Mundy had turned herself in at the Dubois County Security Center to answer to a felony warrant accusing her of the theft of firearms and ammunition in the St. Henry area.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case after deputies were called to the report of a burglary in the St. Henry area on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 11. Taken were numerous firearms and ammunition, according to police.

During the investigation, the sheriff’s department developed Mundy as a suspect.

After gaining probable cause, the sheriff’s department said, a detective applied for and was granted a warrant charging Mundy with a Level 5 felony count of burglary, a Level 6 felony count of theft of firearms and a misdemeanor count of theft, which pertained to the ammunition.

Everything except the ammunition was recovered by police during that investigation.

The sheriff’s department also said a 15-year-old juvenile male from French Lick would be facing the same charges in juvenile court.

Mundy had posted a $5,000 cash bond March 10 in the case involving the burglary and the theft of firearms.

Mundy and Austin R. Elliott, 22, of the same Fifth Street address, had been arrested in December after an unattended infant was found in a vehicle in Jasper that was not running when the temperature was 16 degrees and the wind chill was at 3 degrees.

That case began Dec. 15 when Jasper police were called to the Ruby Court and Sapphire Drive area at 1:30 a.m. to the report of a suspicious vehicle.

A caller also advised having witnessed two people exit the 1989 Oldsmobile that was found at the location and then walk through several back yards.

The unattended infant was located as soon as officers arrived and was secured in a police vehicle.

When police searched for the vehicle’s owner, officers located two people — authorities allege those individuals were Elliott and Mundy — who fled on foot when officers asked them to stop. Mundy was apprehended a short time later and a warrant was issued for Elliott’s arrest after he was identified both by police and by Mundy, according to authorities.

Elliott was located in Huntingburg by the Huntingburg Police Department and was taken into custody the next day.

Both subjects, who are the parents of the infant, were charged with Level 6 felony counts of neglect of a dependant and a misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement.

On January 4, an amended affidavit for probable cause was filed in Mundy’s neglect case adding a misdemeanor count of theft to the original two charges.

Authorities allege the infant was left inside the non-running vehicle for several minutes. The child was taken into the care of Child Protective Services.

Mundy had been placed on pre-trial work release in that earlier case and had then posted a $1,500 bond through the courts.

The omnibus hearings for both the burglary and neglect cases are now set for April 10.

Mundy was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 5:55 p.m. Saturday on the new theft warrant issued March 15 in Superior Court.

On Nov. 24, Elliott was taken into custody on a Dubois Circuit Court warrant charging him with three Level 6 felony counts of attempted fraud and a misdemeanor count of theft.

Court documents allege those charges stem from Elliott’s unauthorized attempts to get money from a local bank ATM using a credit card issued to and taken from the Jasper Group, 225 Clay St., earlier in November.




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