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ISP seek information on burglary

Friday, July 30, 2010

Indiana State Police detectives are seeking help from the public regarding a recent residential burglary.

The home of ISP Det. Sam Stearley was burglarized Wednesday, July 28. The unknown suspect(s) allegedly stole several guns, assorted jewelry, and multiple ISP uniforms and issued gun belt.

A badge and miscellaneous ISP insignias were left behind.

The guns, a .45-caliber Glock, engraved with the ISP 75th year anniversary, and a .40-caliber Beretta engraved with the ISP, are both blue in color.

Det. Stearley and his family are residents of Clay County.

Troopers and detectives have received some leads, but are still in need of additional information.

Anyone with information concerning the burglary should contact ISP Det. Tony Guinn at 1-800-225-8576, or Wabash Valley Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.

Persons in the Indianapolis Metro area may call Marion County Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS or 1-800-222-TIPS.

As for Crime Stoppers, information may be reported anonymously and callers may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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I do get the point of needing the public's help because of the gun issue.But, I'm a little jealous.Hell when my belongings were stolen it didn't make front page.And see how it's a small town why not use the paper to try to open the ears and eyes of this town up.So everyone can work together to catch all the little PERP's in the area?

-- Posted by Cardonia Redneck on Fri, Jul 30, 2010, at 3:56 PM

I'd be worried about the multiple ISP uniforms taken. I"m sure the thief had something in mind to do with those when he took them. Perhaps pull individuals over in an "unmarked" squad car? Impersonate an officer at a prison or county jail for pick up? The options are endless.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Fri, Jul 30, 2010, at 6:26 PM

I agree with LLamaMan. Whoever this is now has all he/she needs to impersonate an officer.

I know there have been several "strange" people walking around the area between Vandalia & Columbia St. They walk the alley off of Hendrix between those 2 streets.

It's sad when you can't feel safe in your own home.

-- Posted by th1953 on Fri, Jul 30, 2010, at 8:52 PM

Typically an ISP trooper is in an unmarked vehicle (Lincoln, Mustang, Camaro or SUV) or standard issue, full-gear SP cruiser. Troopers also keep their vehicles in top condition - from wash/wax to Armor-all on the tires. (It's amazing how much you remember .. lol .. I've been stopped by my fair share, yes.)

When this guy pulls up behind me in his Chevette .. I'll be too busy laughing to pull over. ; )

Make sure this "trooper" has a badge and ISP insignia before rolling down the window or getting out of your vehicle, if stopped.

Better to be safe than sorry.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 11:25 AM

Don't forget their new Dodge Chargers too. And yes, their vehicles are always immaculate.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 12:18 PM

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