Nicki Marie Davis,19, and Jacob Ray McFerron, 19, both of Greencastle, and Zachariah David Gibson, 23, of Poland, are awaiting arraignment in the Clay County Justice Center on a $7,000, 10 percent cash bond.
Brazil Police Chief Mark Loudermilk said the Greencastle Police Department contacted him with information that five individuals suspected of breaking into pop machines, car wash change machines and newspaper stands were coming to the Brazil area and also provided information about the possible vehicle they were driving.
Around 3:40 a.m., Patrolman Jeff Bucklin found evidence of vandalism and possible burglary while patrolling Forest Park. A pop machine (valued at more than $5,500) was damaged and the money inside was missing. The locks were cut off the door of the park superintendent's office/storage facility and there was evidence that someone had been inside looking for something.
"There was not a lot (of money) taken, but it was clear they were looking for money," Loudermilk said.
Meanwhile, Patrolman Josh Krause stopped a vehicle leaving Forest Park that fit the description of the one provided by the Greencastle Police Department. When the five individuals in the car -- three adults and two juveniles -- were questioned about what they were doing, they began confessing to break-ins and acts of criminal mischief.
A search of the vehicle recovered bolt cutters and screwdrivers used in the break-ins and stolen items, including change and a bundle of newspapers.
"We go through this all time. Every summer there are attempts to do this type of theft," Loudermilk said. "This is a pretty straight-forward case. They got caught and they confessed."
Three adults were arrested on preliminary charges of Theft/Possession of stolen property and Mischief. One juvenile was sent to the Southwest Regional Youth Village in Vincennes and the other juvenile was questioned and released to his parents.
Loudermilk said the investigation into the case is not over, and it is possible that other charges will be filed since there have been other vending machine break-ins in the county. Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger will evaluate the charging information when the cases are presented to his office.