LINTON -- A 27-year-old Lewis man has been arrested in connection with a burglary and theft of Linton archery store with the help of police, who used an undercover officer to buy some of the stolen goods from an online sales site.
Jeffrey L. Allen, who was arrested Friday on a warrant by Indiana State Police Trooper Richard Klun, is currently in the Greene County Jail on a $14,000 bond, awaiting an initial court date appearance in Greene Superior Court.
Allen has also filed a motion requesting a bond hearing, but no date has been scheduled.
He has been preliminarily charged with burglary (a class C felony) and theft (a class D felony).
The arrest represents some good investigative work by the Linton Police Department.
On Sept. 7, Todd Norris, owner of Outdoor Insanity archery store in Linton, notified police of the burglary at 829 NW A Street.
The main entrance to the store had the glass broken out and several archery items had been stolen -- including some bows that had sight, quiver and stabilizer accessories, according to a probable cause filed by LPD Det. Josh Goodman.
At the scene, officers collected glass from the broken door that may have contained blood and a ratchet, which may have been used to break out the glass.
On Oct. 9, police got a break in the case when LPD officer Chad Crynes received information from the store owner that one of the stolen bows had been located.
Crynes interviewed an unnamed individual Sept. 28 that had allegedly overheard a conversation with an individual who drove a red mid-90s Chevrolet or GMC pickup with "junk" in the bed, who was trying to sell a bow to a gun shop owner in Brazil.
The individual told police he decided to buy the bow himself -- paying $400 -- and not knowing the item had been stolen, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Two days later, police learned a bow matching the description of one stolen from the Linton shop had been posted locally for sale on Craig's List -- an online website.
An undercover police officer made contact with the online posted number trying to sell the bow.
The officer made arrangements to meet with the individual -- later identified as Allen -- selling the bow at a Jasonville gas station to make the purchase for $600.
Equipped with a digital recording device and $600 in marked pre-recorded bills, the undercover police officer made the purchase from Allen, according to the probable cause affidavit.
After the deal was struck, officers verified the bow purchased was one of the stolen items, they stopped Allen, who was in the truck with his wife and children.
During an interview at the Jasonville Police Department, Allen allegedly admitted to the burglary and theft.
"Mr. Allen advised that he climbed through the window and stole several bows," Det. Goodman wrote in the probable cause affidavit in describing the Sept. 7 incident.
He also told police he sold one of the bows to an individual he met at a Brazil gun shop for $400 and another to the undercover police officer for $600.
After obtaining a search warrant from the court, officials were able to recover one additional stolen bow from Allen's truck and another bow along with the sight, quiver and stabilizing equipment from Allen's residence, according to court records.