Two arrested in string of burglaries
Two men have been arrested following an investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department into a string of burglaries in the West Ford Road area in English.
Daniel Lamkin, 34, of French Lick, and Darren Wiseman, 26, of English were charged with multiple counts, including burglary of a dwelling as a level 4 felony.
“Our deputies did a great job running down the investigative leads that ultimately resulted in the discovery of the stolen property and these arrests,” said Sheriff Jeff Howell.
The investigation began Sept. 2 when officers were dispatched to a residence along West Fork Road in English regarding a burglary. According to the probable cause affidavit, the homeowner reported the kitchen window was busted out and a brick was found on the floor. During a walk-thru of the home, sheriff’s deputies noted the home appeared to be ransacked, with cabinets, drawers and doors flung open with their contents thrown out. In addition, the electric meter had been removed from the home and several items were missing. The homeowner told police the residence was a secondary home.
While searching in and around the area, officers checked on a neighboring property and discovered it had also been broken into.
On Sept. 3, Crawford County dispatch received another report of a break in, this time along Hatfield Road near Governor’s Trace. The property had two campers on site, and both had been burglarized.
Police said the homeowner of the second property along West Fork Road reported several items missing. The homeowner said his property had been previously broken into by Daniel Lamkin and that Lamkin had recently moved into a nearby residence.
While deputies were investigating the most recent burglary, another report came in about a camper along Bethany Church Road being broken into. They documented several stolen items from this property as well.
Deputies followed the Lamkin lead to his reported address on Kelly Road. A gray Chevrolet Colorado was in the driveway and, due to safety concerns, officers didn’t knock, but asked the resident to come out of the trailer. Lamkin eventually came out and was placed in wrist restraints for safety. Inside the Kelly Road home, belonging to Darren Wiseman, officers located several items of stolen property. Additional items of stolen property were located in the Chevy Colorado.
Following the investigation, both men were arrested and charged with two counts burglary of a dwelling, a level 4 felony; two counts burglary, a level 5 felony; two counts residential entry break and enter dwelling, a level 6 felony; one count theft where value of property is between $750 & $50,000, a level 6 felony; and three counts theft, a Class A misdemeanor.
Both men were taken to the Crawford County jail on $15,000 cash bond pending trial.