|Two arrested in connection with business burglaries|
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|Monday, November 05, 2012 10:04 PM|
Two area men have been arrested in connection with several business burglaries committed over a four month period beginning in June of 2012. Numerous burglaries have occurred in a five-county area during that time frame, said Dearborn and Ohio Counties Prosecutor Aaron Negangard.
Burglaries occurred in business locations where business safes were either broken into inside the business location or removed and taken elsewhere by the burglars. Detective Shane McHenry, Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit and Detective N.R. Rimstidt of the Rising Sun Police, who also works special assignments with the Special Crimes Unit, headed up the investigation, he said.
Robert L. Huntington, 40, 6890 E. County Road 700N, Milan, and Michael W. Simers, 40, 113 N. Sycamore St., Osgood, have both been charged in the case.
Huntington and Simers are each charged in Dearborn County Superior Court II with four counts of Burglary as a Class C Felony in connection with burglaries occurring on June 13, at Panama Pete's Tanning Salon, Aurora; on July 27 and Aug. 20, at Laughery Valley Ag CO-OP, Dillsboro, and Sept. 23, at a property owned by Harold Whisman in Dillsboro as well. Both were also charged with theft in connection with items removed from the Whisman property as well, said Negangard.
Huntington and Simers were also charged in Ohio County Circuit Court with five counts of burglary as a Class C Felony and five counts of theft as a Class D Felony each in connection with burglaries occurring on June 15 at TLC Carwash in Rising Sun, and Sept. 13, and Sept. 17, at the American Legion Post No. 59 in Rising Sun, he said.
Dearborn County Superior Court II Judge Sally Blankenship set bond on Huntington, who is out on bond in Rush County, at $75,000 cash, and $500,00 surety. He is still awaiting his initial hearing in Ohio County Circuit Court, he said.
Negangard commended the Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit for their work.
"Detectives McHenry and Rimstidt have done efforts on behalf on the victims of these crimes," said Negangard.
Anyone with information concerning this or any crime in Dearborn and/or Ohio counties is urged to contact local police or the Special Crimes Unit at 1-812-537-3571.
The fact that a person has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.