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Arrests made in church buglaries

Monday, November 26, 2007

CARBON -- The Clay County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing the charging information of three Carbon teens arrested for a burglary and vandalism spree in Carbon earlier this month as the Clay County Sheriff's Department continues the investigation.

"The three boys all live within blocks of these places," Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Jerry Siddons said about the arrest of Cody Hall, 18, Joshua Pleake, 17 and an unidentified 15-year-old male juvenile and the continuing investigation. "Two of the boys are also suspects in two other burglaries in the Carbon area and we have at least one more person to interview in connection to this case. These are serious crimes. It is a shame that some young people don't have any respect for their fellow community."

On Nov. 11, the Carbon United Methodist Church, the Carbon Church of the Nazarene and a local residence reported burglaries to the Clay County Sheriff's Department. The "little historic church of Carbon" and the Carbon Town Hall and Museum filed reports as the week progressed.

Although the three teens confessed their involvement to officials before the weekend, they were allowed to remain in the custody of their guardians due to the funeral services of two classmates -- Justin Snow and Brandee Siples, who were killed in separate traffic accidents on Nov. 16-17.

Although drug activity has been ruled out as a motive for the break-ins, during questioning the boys admitted to becoming ill from drinking a few beers before the incidents.

A press release issued by Siddons and Carbon Town Marshals Ron Keen and Ken Rollings on Monday had some startling details about the break-in at the Carbon United Methodist Church.

Siddons said, during interviews with the suspects, it was determined that one of the teens wanted to set fire to the Bible, which dated back to the 1860s, on the church floor, but was talked out of it by the others. The teen decided to destroy the priceless Bible instead.

"All three of the suspects told me they knew breaking into the churches was wrong," Siddons said, "but they could not tell me why they did it either. The fact that churches were involved aggravates this situation."

Although the case is under review before formal charges are filed, Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger said Pleake, who has been previously waived to adult court on a prior criminal act, and Hall would be treated as adults and subject to the 50/50 drawing pool to decide whether Clay Superior or Clay Circuit Court will handle their cases, while the 15-year-old will appear exclusively in Circuit Court.

"Depending up on the age of the suspect and the circumstances of the case, these incidents are considered more serious when committed against certain victims, which includes houses of worship," Reberger said, explaining that a juvenile could potentially face charges of performing a delinquent act, while someone considered an adult or over the age of 18 could be potentially charged with terrorist acts.

Investigators provided the prosecutor's office charging information that recommends all three boys be charged with a class C felony burglary charges (punishable with 2-8 years imprisonment if convicted) and misdemeanor criminal mischief for their involvement in the church break-ins. It was also recommended that two of the boys be charged with trespassing and residential entry charges for the town hall and residential break-in.

Of the various items stolen from the five crime scenes -- which include brass fittings and copper wiring, DVDs and various other videos -- have been recovered at this time.

Officials thanked the community for their help in the case and encourages anyone witnessing suspicious behavior to call the department at (812) 446-2535.?

"Community participation can lead to much quicker arrests and ultimately safer towns," Siddons said. "If crimes are reported, we know where we need to concentrate extra patrols. If we do not receive calls reporting crimes then we don now know where or when crimes are occurring."


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Only one of these boys remain is jail at this time and that is Joshua Pleake. The other 2 boys are out free and still running around doing whatever they would like to do. All three were involved one is just as guilty as the other.

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Sat, Jun 28, 2008, at 11:57 AM

Indy

You need to look at all the facts before running your mouth. One of the boys was 15 years old and has never been in ANY kind trouble before therefore yes, he is out but not free!! I know he is paying for this mistake everyday in many ways! He also spent time in jail and is spending time every school break. Josh on the other hand has a bit of a record and thats why he is still there. His past is more why he is still there!! As for the third boy, he has yet to go to court but the point is, stop putting down these kids as if they are not paying for this when you know nothing about them! It shocks me that people are so judgemental!!!!

-- Posted by madmom01 on Mon, Dec 8, 2008, at 6:28 PM

Indy

You need to look at all the facts before running your mouth. One of the boys was 15 years old and has never been in ANY kind trouble before therefore yes, he is out but not free!! I know he is paying for this mistake everyday in many ways! He also spent time in jail and is spending time every school break. Josh on the other hand has a bit of a record and thats why he is still there. His past is more why he is still there!! As for the third boy, he has yet to go to court but the point is, stop putting down these kids as if they are not paying for this when you know nothing about them! It shocks me that people are so judgemental!!!!

-- Posted by madmom01 on Mon, Dec 8, 2008, at 6:30 PM

Madmom,

I believe that the 15 year old has indeed been in trouble before as has the other boy. As for him not being free, I find that hard to believe when I have seen him around town with his "posse" so to speak. I don't think Indy is putting the other two boys down; rather, she's pointing out what no one else has: only one of the boys has been punished, while the other two are outside of the jail serving their "punishments" as you put. Indy, good call on the each is as guilty as the other. It's been long overdue that someone made a point like that rather than a feeble attempt to justify the other two boys not being in juvenile hall or jail.

-- Posted by Mr. D on Wed, Jan 14, 2009, at 4:16 PM

Mr. D,

Thank you so much. Anyone that knows me would no I do not judge people. I just want all the boy's to be punished insted of just one. Spme people think they know everything. My favorite saying my mother use to say is this, "People should sweep off their own back step befoe sweeping someone else's". All of these boys are good kids they just made a very, very wrong choice.

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Wed, Jan 14, 2009, at 4:27 PM

Madmom,

I think I do know all the facts very well thank you very much. Joshua has been to court and is still setting in jail. I do believe that the other boys are free to be with their families. I am not putting any of these young boys down believe me. You have no idea what type of person I am, if you did you sure would know I am not one to judge. I was not put here to judge that will be left up to our Lord when that day comes. But then again you have other people that do judge that do not even know these boys. As far as these boys paying I do not see that happeneing at all. Are they both not still at home with their family? So before you go running your mouth maybe you should try and keep it shut.

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Fri, Jan 23, 2009, at 11:21 AM


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