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Man arrested in connection with two burglaries

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Vigo County man was arrested Wednesday following an investigation into area burglaries.

According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, a call was received from a rural Clay City area reporting a home burglary during the morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 11.

The caller reported that sometime during the night, someone broke into their home and stole a television, several dollars in coins and bottles of prescription medicine.

A short time after the Clay County burglary was reported, another was committed in a similar manner approximately 10 miles away in Owen County.

During the course of the investigation, Dustin Charles Beaty, 19, Terre Haute, was identified as a possible suspect, as someone in the vicinity of where the Clay City burglary took place witnessed a suspicious vehicle in the area, matching the description of a vehicle Beaty was known to drive.

Clay County Sheriff's Department (CCSD) Sgt. Jason Frazier located Beaty at his residence, 42 N. 11th St., Terre Haute, and upon arrival, spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspicious one at the Clay City scene.

According to CCSD officials, Frazier also spotted items matching the description of those stolen in the two burglaries.

Frazier then interviewed Beaty regarding his alleged involvement in the burglaries. According to officials, Beaty then admitted to burglarizing the homes in both counties.

Beaty was arrested and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of Burglary (a Class B felony) and Theft (a Class D felony).

The stolen property was recovered and will be returned to owners.

It is believed Owen County officials will file burglary charges against Beaty in the future.

Beaty remains incarcerated at the justice center on a $25,000 bond, no 10 percent allowed.

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Its a good thing that this was brought to a quick conclusion.

But I am asking myself,where the heck is the VCSD or Terre Haute,Police dept.

Does the CCSD now have jurisdiction nation wide,it wasn't a pursuit,a good lawyer will get him off.

-- Posted by T-REX on Fri, Sep 16, 2011, at 11:26 AM


They arrested him in Clay City, why should they have had VCSD or THPD involved? unless I am reading it wrong. It is a bit confusing to read.

-- Posted by olmedic on Fri, Sep 16, 2011, at 3:40 PM

It says in the article that he was located & aressted @ his home on 11th Street in Terre Haute, so I think that Vigo County should have made the arrest! Good job on getting him off of the street though!

-- Posted by JQuick on Fri, Sep 16, 2011, at 5:58 PM

Yep, I read it wrong.

-- Posted by olmedic on Sat, Sep 17, 2011, at 11:00 AM

A Deputy from Clay County has legal authority to make an arrest in Vigo County or any other county in the state just as a Deputy Sheriff from any other county has the authority to make an arrest in Clay County. The same goes for city police and Town Marshals.

-- Posted by snow on Mon, Sep 19, 2011, at 4:12 PM

Correct, snow. Police powers go beyond city and county lines, they can go state-wide. Also any Indiana officer can arrest someone in Illinois, if he was in pursuit of that person at the time.

That's my understanding, anyway.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Tue, Sep 20, 2011, at 8:39 AM

It doesn't actually say that Frazier went to the Terre Haute address to arrest, but he went to investigate the information given on a suspect and vehicle. After questioning Beaty then the arrest was made, which is entirely legal. Why would Vigo County have been asked to investigate a Clay County burglary?

Once an officer is sworn he has arrests powers anywhere in the state while performing official duties;kinda like a special deputy.

-- Posted by visitorfromthewest on Thu, Sep 22, 2011, at 12:28 AM


As a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, most officers/deputies powers are statewide. However local jurisdictions usually set limits on the officers. In this case there was probably inter-department cooperation that wasn't mentioned here.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Thu, Sep 22, 2011, at 1:03 AM

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