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Pair linked to other Clay Co. crimes

Tuesday, November 19, 2002


Times Staff Writer

A weapon recovered from a robbery has been traced back to a break-in at Geary's Surplus on Saturday night.

Thieves climbed on top of the building at 506 W. National Ave., cut a hole in the roof and stole a total of eight handguns.

"They got in and out pretty quick. I was notified that the alarm went off at 9:45 p.m.," said David Geary, owner. "The guns were handguns including .45 caliber, 9 mm and a .32 caliber."

Geary said he normally puts the guns in a safe, but the night before he didn't do it.

The accused, William Heckelsberg, Bowling Green, and Jessie Matthews, 21, of Brazil, also robbed the Phillips 66 station at Murphy and National Ave., in Brazil and then it is believed that they drove to Terre Haute where they robbed the Fairfield Inn.

Matthews was caught climbing in the room window, while police were on the premises.

Following the robbery at the Fairfield Inn, the two got a room in another hotel, where they were arrested on preliminary charges of robbery.

Heckelsberg is also charged with possession of methamphetamines.

Other charges are pending including attempted murder, which occurred in Clay County prior to the robberies.

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