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Homeowner thwarts theft, chases suspects

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

For the second time in less than three days, robbery has been thwarted by Clay County people who reported suspicious activity.

Two Terre Haute adults and two juveniles were arrested Monday in connection with an attempted burglary of a Clay County residence.

On Monday, Mike Osborn became aware that someone was trespassing near his garage on CR 425W, according to a statement from the Clay County Sheriff's department.

Osborn found two people in the garage. When he yelled at them, they ran and jumped into a truck parked at the end of Osborn's driveway. The driver then drove away.

Osborn called 911 from his cell phone and told police he was chasing the truck. The truck went west on U.S. 40. Osborn said it was traveling in excess of 100 mph. The truck then turned at the Clay/Vigo county line and headed east on SR 340.

Sheriff's Deputy Jon Lambert, with the assistance of deputies Michael Heaton and Douglas Barr and Indiana State Police and Brazil City Police, stopped the truck on SR 340.

Osborn identified two people in the bed of the truck as the subjects he saw running from the garage.

Deputies Heaton, Lambert, Barr and Josh Clarke interviewed the four subjects in the truck.

Heaton then arrested the driver, Jennifer Cree, 18, for assisting a criminal a Class D felony and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, Cree could be sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail and fined $15,000.

A passenger, Matthew Montgomery, 18, was charged with burglary, attempted theft and trespassing. Cree and Montgomery are both residents of Terre Haute.

Two other passengers, both juveniles, were charged with burglary, attempted theft and trespassing. One of the juveniles was also charged with possession of a switchblade knife. The juveniles were detained in the Vincennes Juvenile detention center.

The subjects indicated they were attempting to steal an all-terrain vehicle from the garage. The ATV would have been sold for money and drugs, the suspects said.

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