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One arrested in Clay City burglary case

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Willie Sebastian
Officials arrested a Terre Haute man for his involvement in a Clay City burglary on Dec. 23, and continue the search for a second suspect.

Around 8 p.m. on Dec. 23, a Clay City resident reported finding a suspicious white truck parked on private property and the rear entry door of the residence had been forced open, but never saw anyone leave the home.

Dispatched to the scene, Clay County Sheriff's Deputies James Switzer and Jerry Siddons searched the home, but did not find any suspects.

While investigating the reason why the white truck was parked on the private property, a nearby neighbor contacted dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center to report an a stranger was standing on her front porch asking to use a telephone to call for help.

Switzer and Siddons went to the neighbor's home and found a white male whose clothes were drenched with water. The man, Willie Sebastian, 29, was the owner of the suspicious white truck.

After being advised of his rights and agreeing to speak with the deputies, Sebastian admitted he had been hiding in a nearby swampy area in water.

Because of the freezing temperatures, he began to try and find a place to call for help.

Sebastian was transported to the Clay County Justice Center for questioning, and subsequently booked in to the jail on preliminary charges of class B felony charge of burglary and two misdemeanor charges, one for criminal trespass and the other for criminal mischief.

Sebastian remains incarcerated at the jail awaiting arraignment while officials continue the search for a second suspect.

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