Burglars’ apprehension ‘worked perfect’
Three men who allegedly broke into a residence were taken into custody about 90 minutes later following a “multi-jurisdiction detail that worked perfect.”
A woman who lives in Cedar Pointe subdivision west of Lanesville called police about 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 20. She was watching people look in her neighbor’s windows, said Major Lee Hancock of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.
“She said two men were looking in the windows while another one drove off,” he said. “She knew the men were not to be there because her husband was playing golf with the man who lived there.”
The police had four officers in the area within two to three minutes.
“We had an officer approach one subject in the car that was parked near the beginning of the subdivision,” Hancock said. “We believe he was using a cell phone to communicate with the other two subjects” who were at the house.
As another officer approached the house, he saw two males run into the woods.
Indiana State Police troopers were in the area, Hancock said, and they were looking for the same suspects believed to be involved in at least one burglary the week before in Floyd County.
Canine units from the sheriff’s department searched the area for the suspects and later a canine unit from the Milltown Police Dept. helped search for the stolen property. The Indiana State Police helicopter, at Sellersburg at the time, was also called in to help locate the suspects, Hancock said.
“We had them trapped in the woods,” Hancock said. “By 1 p.m. we had all three suspects in custody.”
They were identified as Shawn M. Terry and Patrick W. Darcy, both 25 and of Louisville, and Steven Saylor, 27, New Albany. They face initial charges of residential entry and burglary.
Hancock said they had removed a firearm, jewelry, a tote bag and some cash from the home.
“Thankfully, we have neighbors watching neighbors,” Hancock said.
“This was probably the best multi-jurisdiction detail I’ve seen in all the years I’ve been a police officer,” Hancock said. “It worked perfect. We had so many resources available at the time of the break-in.”