Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said deputies made their presence known in the southern portion of the county during the weekend as the investigation intensified.
However, between Sunday evening and the early morning hours of Monday, investigators developed enough information to determine at least two groups were committing various criminal acts in the area and some of the suspects had connections with both central groups.
Three unidentified male juveniles -- a 17-year-old from Bowling Green, a 17-year-old from Terre Haute and a 16-year-old from Center Point -- have allegedly admitted to their participation.
The juveniles, who officials confirmed all attend Clay City High School, are facing multiple criminal allegations, including class C felony burglary, auto theft, theft, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.
Further details about the juveniles' identities will not be released due to confidentiality issues and to protect the integrity of the investigation. They are currently being held at an undisclosed juvenile detention facility awaiting formal charges in juvenile court.
While attempting to question a person of interest in the investigation, Deputy James Switzer discovered Tommy J. Anderson II, 18, Brazil, was in possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. During further questioning, Anderson allegedly admitted his involvement in various crimes being investigated, including the burglary of a home in Cory and storage units in Clay City.
Facing a $25,000 cash bond (no 10 percent allowed), Anderson was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminarily charges of class B felony burglary, class C felony burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespassing, class D felony possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.
According to officials, the arrests have led to four vehicle thefts, one commercial burglary, five storage unit burglaries, three home/garage burglaries, one pole barn burglary and one residential burglary complaint being solved as a result of this investigation.
Another unidentified adult suspect of interest has been interviewed regarding these events and the Clay County Sheriff's Department is providing paperwork to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office requesting criminal charges for the suspect's alleged involvement.
Investigators have identified and are attempting to locate additional potential suspects in the matter. Officials are also attempting to locate the whereabouts of any of the reported stolen items.
To report suspicious activity or information regarding the recent crimes in the Clay City area, or any other crimes, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at (812) 446-2535, Indiana State Police at (812) 299-1153 or the Clay City Police at (812) 939-2311.