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Arrests made in connection to break-ins, thefts

Monday, November 23, 2009

After a lengthy investigation into complaints of burglaries, vandalism and property/vehicle thefts in southern Clay County, officials confirmed to The Brazil Times Monday morning that several suspects have been taken into custody and more arrests are expected.

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.

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Its good to know that our local law enforcement whom we rely on to protect and keep our community clean spent more time and money getting rid of the so called criminals(Brighton drug bust)while the real crime that is committed everyday was going on.

-- Posted by Zeppelin_89 on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 7:37 PM

I guess i better back my comment up because i know that fingers will be pointed and in what better direction to point your finger when something like this happens than at drugs. Im not for or against drugs and in no way condone criminal activity but think back to the prohibiton of alcohol in the 1920's. You really think everything was fine and dandy? NO! Crime was just like this if not worse, but dont worry uve got ur booze and something else to point your finger at these days. Good day to all.

-- Posted by Zeppelin_89 on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 7:52 PM

Zeppelin- go roll another joint and leave the thinking to those of us who haven't burned out our brain cells trying to be cool. Great work Clay County Sheriff's Department.

-- Posted by snow on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 8:27 PM

zeppelin_89 what is a matter with you lets see here they arrested three for dealing and using marijuana in clay city and now they have arrested five for theft, burglary and various other charges, that is right one of these five people had over thirty grams of marijuana do i sense a connection here. I would like to say that our law enforcement is doing a great job and they have never been more proactive. Sheriff heaton keep up the good work

-- Posted by proudresident on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 8:32 PM


If you don't mind my asking....what the he-- is the matter with you?????

-- Posted by th1953 on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 9:08 PM

You tell 'em snow. Zeppelin is flying high.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 9:12 PM

Go roll another joint? Flying High? Burning Brain cells? Im actually quite offended by the remarks made here. I in no way promote drug use nor do i condone any sort of criminal activity. I was also in no way trying to defend the Brighton case. Marijuana is illegal and the people involved knew it but they took a risk, a risk i would never put myself or any of my loved ones in. It just makes me sick. I am a student at Indiana State University and im definitely not perfect but i try my hardest to do whats best and make an honest living. Im just someone who wants good honest fair answers. I was just someone who felt not enough was being done with the crime in Clay City. I live just a few blocks from where most of the crime was being committed so i could of very easily of been a victim. My comments probably should not have been posted but every once in awhile its nice to be heard and everyone has the right to voice their opinion. I just didnt want everyone to point there finger at drugs and think thats the direct problem with society because there is definitely more to it.

-- Posted by Zeppelin_89 on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 10:33 PM


I just woke up and am still bothered by your comment. Usually im the type of person to turn my head at an ignorant comment, but Snow i will sit down with you any day of the week on any subject and we'll see whos got more brain cells. Im guessing your not a classic rock fan? Or is it you automatically associate drugs with anyone who listens to Led Zeppelin. Sorry fellow resident i just happen to have a good taste in music. You have yourself a safe and wonderful day.

-- Posted by Zeppelin_89 on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 7:07 AM

Hey Zeppelin, I got your back. I'm a classic rock fan myself, and because of that I get accused of being a stoner too. I am in no way shape or form a druggie and I agree that there are more problems that need to be addressed in Clay County and Putnam County as well. Some people just need to get off of their self righteous high horse and listen and maybe learn what others have to say. It's called keeping an open mind people. Ever heard of it??? Thanks and you all have a lovely holiday. :)

-- Posted by Meadow31 on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 8:02 AM

love the comments.

drugs are the #1 problem in the usa. I guess it makes it a serious crime, even in clay and putnam Co.

Zeppelin_89 , i think you are right when you stated"My comments probably should not have been posted but every once in awhile its nice to be heard and everyone has the right to voice their opinion" good luck in ISU. study not party hard.and Remember English classes

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 8:48 AM

Did you all forget that the Brighton house was just right down the street from the schools? I for one am glad they busted the drug dealers!!!

-- Posted by Partrosie on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 9:44 AM

Sorry Sand mann but correct punctuation is the last thing on my mind when i am heated on an issue such as the ones in my home town, but i do appreciate your gentle comment. I would advise everyone else who has the right to post on here to think before they lash out.

-- Posted by Zeppelin_89 on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 10:07 AM

"Dazed and Confused" in Indiana. :^)

-- Posted by Capt Brent on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 11:00 AM

Zeppelin- your choice of music has nothing to do with my opinion. I was a Led Zeppelin fan before their music was classic rock--I had the ZoSo album in vinyl, 8-track, cassette and now CD. Your attitude toward the police and regarding drug dealers, along with the moniker you chose gave rise to my opinion that you are a stoner; you've yet to do anything to change my opinion.

You imply that our local Sheriff's Department was wasting it's time arresting the drug dealers living a few yards from the Clay City school--I personally don't want drug dealers anywhere, but especially not near where my children go to school. Many people try to play down the dangers of marijuana when in fact they're plentiful.

I won't argue that alcohol is probably just as harmful as marijuana if not more so in some instances. However, marijuana is recognized as one of the major gateway drugs; the same can't be said for alcohol or tobacco, at least not to the same degree. Even if you take away the fact that marijuana leads to more dangerous drugs, you still have the fact that it is illegal and as with any illegal activity there are additional dangers to those involved and nearby.

Marijuana sales fund many other types of criminal activity including the transportation and distribution of harder drugs and weapons. The price of marijuana is also quite high, often too high for a user to afford through their usual, legitimate, source of income in large quantities. Additionally, drug dealers typically aren't "nice people" and are frequently violent. Maybe the Brighton boy is a great guy absent his criminal activity, but maybe the person selling to him or the people he sells to aren't and I don't want those people anywhere near my family or me. Do your homework and see how many of the murders in Clay County over the last 20 years have a tie to drugs, even marijuana.

If you notice, the Anderson boy was caught with a felony amount of marijuana, which is at least 30 grams or over an ounce. I did some checking and found out that quite often a quarter ounce of marijuana costs up to or in excess of $100.00 and this young man had four times that amount. Anderson, from what I understand, isn't employed and even if he is, what job would an 18 year old have that would afford him enough disposable income to buy $400 or $500 worth of drugs? Do you think that there may be a connection between his stealing and the drugs?

I was a student at ISU before you were born, which means nothing other than the fact that I know the environment that you're coming from. I had a wonderful time in college and learned a lot of great things while there, but that environment also fosters beliefs that can only survive and work in an academic setting. It is easy to describe how things should work in a perfect world where everything is fair and just and the way we think it should be. Unfortunately, we're stuck living in a world outside the boundaries of a college campus where bad things do happen--crimes are committed and the police have to do their job. Our local law enforcement is doing a great job and I'm thankful to have them protecting Clay County.

-- Posted by snow on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 1:59 PM

*****APPLAUSE*****...Let's focus on the real issue here. "Once again", Sheriff Heaton, Chief Deputy Gambill, and their deputies have done an outstanding job! It doesn't matter why, the issue is...what has happened has caused the Clay City area residents to live in fear. The Clay City area residents (including Zeppelin_89) should be grateful for the hard work of the Clay County Sheriff's Department. I haven't seen this much diligence and effort from a law enforcement agency in years. Thank you to the members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

-- Posted by flycatcher on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 7:32 PM

Thanks Sheriff Heaton and deputies for a job well done. I for one will make no excuses for any one breaking the law. There are consequences for bad actions and the price must be paid.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 8:36 PM

Zeppy, at least half way trying to use proper punctuation, capitalization, spelling & English add a lot of validity to your posts.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 9:01 PM

Just notice this article and see that Zep is being pick on by the ignorant, Snow you are quite arrogant in your comments and you need to get your facts straight. 1st you say "However, marijuana is recognized as one of the major gateway drugs; the same can't be said for alcohol or tobacco, at least not to the same degree." Can you show me where you find this info and I will find statistics that will counter what you find and they are probably more credible. 2nd "Additionally, drug dealers typically aren't "nice people" and are frequently violent" Depends on what they are dealing and other factors, also if marijuana was legal I bet you would take any violence away, since I don't see alcohol stores fighting over territory. 3rd "I did some checking and found out that quite often a quarter ounce of marijuana costs up to or in excess of $100.00 and this young man had four times that amount." Not sure where you are buying your weed from but get a different supplier. Show me where you found your statistics. If you went to ISU you might want to go back and learn how to research properly.

-- Posted by parryj on Mon, Nov 30, 2009, at 2:47 PM

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