Around 2:30 p.m., a concerned neighbor contacted the Clay County Sheriff's Department.
According to a press release by the CCSD, the caller reported people were in the garage without permission to be there and a white pickup was parked behind a barn at 4389 W. County Road 1150 S.
When CCSD K-9 Handler/Deputy Brison Swearingen and Indiana Conservation Officer Paul Harden arrived, they discovered the screen door of the home was kicked in and could see oily shoe prints throughout the home.
K-9 Officer Dayk was released to search for intruders in the home before the officers went inside. After Dayk located no intruders, the officers found the house ransacked, items thrown on the floor and cabinet drawers pulled out.
After discovering the door kicked in on a detached garage, Swearingen announced that he was preparing to release Dayk and ordered anyone inside the garage to come out.
Climbing down from the rafters, Justin McDonald, 23, and Michael Edmonson, 18, surrendered to the officers without incident.
Upon further investigation, officers found other evidence of the burglary on the property at a shed that also had its door kicked in.
The officers also discovered the white pickup truck McDonald and Edmondson drove to the residence was loaded with items from the home, garage, shed and other things from around the property. A knife, cooper, aluminum wiring, floor jack, rope, chain hoist and a set of rims were inside the truck. The wiring on a 4-wheeler had been cut, which, according to officials, allegedly indicates McDonald and Edmondson may have attempted to hot wire the ATV.
A small amount of marijuana, a marijuana grinder and rolling papers were also found inside the truck.
Both men were arrested and transported to the Clay County Justice Center for booking on preliminary charges of burglary, theft, trespassing, criminal mischief, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Both men are currently incarcerated on a $25,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowed.
The Clay County Prosecutor's Office will review the case and both men will appear in court per the calendar.