2 face charges of theft, burglary

Tribune staff reports

Two Scott County men face criminal charges related to an investigation into an incident Thursday involving people trying to steal items from a trucking company in the Tampico area, police report.

Jaron Andrew Mullins, 29, of Austin, faces a Level 5 felony charge of burglary and a Level 6 felony charge of theft, while Robert Allen Northern, 41, also of Austin, faces charges of unlawfully carrying of a handgun without a permit, possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine while possessing a handgun and probation violation.

The charges stem from a report of three people trying to steal items at Wischmeier Trucking in the 9000 block of County Road 600S, according to a report from the Crothersville Police Department.

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That incident, reported about 3:30 p.m., was the second of the day reported at the business, police report.

Crothersville Police Chief Brent Turner responded to the first report, but the people had fled the scene before he arrived, police said.

Turner and Crothersville Capt. J.L. McElfresh responded to the second report and saw a man fleeing into a wooded area north of the business, police report.

A vehicle description was obtained, and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department officers Rob Henley and Dustin Steward and Reserve Officer Brad Barker were able to stop a vehicle matching the description.

Northern was driving that vehicle, which was impounded and towed by Howard’s Wrecker Service, police said.

Other police, including Crothersville Officer Matt Browning, county Officer Rick Meyer, county Reserve Officer Steve Murphy and Indiana State Police troopers Tia Deaton and Michael Thiron, arrived to help search for the other two suspects. County Detective Tom Barker also was called to assist with the investigation.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., Crothersville officers responding to a report of a suspicious man in the area of 5100 South County Road 1000E found Mullins.

After further investigation, McElfresh arrested Mullins, who matched the description of one of the suspects, police said.

Mullins and Northern are being held in the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown without bond pending their initial hearings.

The investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are possible, police report.

How to help

If you have information about the investigation, call the Crothersville Police Department at 812-793-0049.