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UPDATE: Driveway robbery suspect apprehended

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Officials believe the alleged suspects in the daylight robbery of an unidentified elderly Brazil woman Monday had a busy day.

On Thursday, Brazil City Police Captain Terry Harrison told The Brazil Times officials have been able to place the two suspects in Indiana and Illinois.

Apparently, after taking the groceries and purse of an elderly Brazil lady at her South Alabama Street home shortly after 2 p.m., Monday, the two suspects, still in the 4-door bronze-colored vehicle, became involved in a high-speed pursuit with Illinois law enforcement officers a few hours later.

The pursuit ended in West Terre Haute with the arrest of William E. Baugh, 45, Terre Haute, while the second suspect ran away.

However, Harrison did not know the two incidents were allegedly connected until Paris, Ill., Police Det. Jeff Goodwin contacted him.

"Goodwin was working a couple of cases where suspects were using the same MO and driving a vehicle of similar description," Harrison said. "Right now we know of and are investigating 3-4 incidents like Monday's robbery, and we are looking into a few others at other departments. I'm sure that we will find a few more."

Using the information provided by Goodwin, Harrison applied for and got a search warrant through Clay County Circuit Court of Baugh's impounded vehicle.

The search led to some surprising discoveries.

"We were able to recover all (the victim's) items, with the exception of $200 cash inside her purse at the time of the theft," Harrison said. "We also discovered evidence connected to another local case involving fraud inside the vehicle. I'm working on the paperwork for both cases."

Vigo County Jail officials confirmed Baugh is preliminary charged with two counts of residential entry and one count each of criminal mischief, resisting law enforcement, driving while never licensed and a parole violation. There is also a court-ordered arrest warrant issued from Clark County Illinois.

Although facing two $50,000 cash bonds, officials said Baugh would not be released due to the hold issued by Clark County Illinois.

Harrison confirmed an arrest warrant was being processed for a second unidentified suspect in the case while the Clay County Prosecutor's Office reviews Baugh's case for potential charges.

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This guy is way beyond the 3 strikes and should never be on the street the rest of his life. Look up his family history.

-- Posted by River Rat on Thu, Dec 4, 2008, at 8:16 PM

Thank you Det. Goodwin of Paris IL. You obviously are very observant to know that this man had also committed crimes in Brazil. I hope they catch his partner real soon and they both pay dearly for putting that elderly lady's in such turmoil

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Fri, Dec 5, 2008, at 7:43 AM

Way to go BCP! And thanks to the Detective in Paris. This guys should be locked up with the key thrown away.

-- Posted by dana67 on Fri, Dec 5, 2008, at 10:06 AM

Looks like this guy is a career scumbag. Though I usually avoid the "toss them in the clink and throw away the key" statements, it may apply in this case. Yikes! What a jerk!

-- Posted by TheRider on Sat, Dec 6, 2008, at 7:15 PM

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