Wanda English Burnett, Editor
A two-day crime spree last week has landed a Batesville student
in a juvenile detention center facing multiple felony charges.
After a bomb threat was made to the Batesville Middle School
last Tuesday, September 4, police began an investigation that
led them to a 17-year-old male.
According to information from Batesville Police Chief Stan Holt,
the teenager had called in the bomb threat so police were able
to trace the call to the male, who is a student at Batesville
High School. Officers from the Batesville Police Department
were assisted by the Ripley County Sheriffs Department
and Ripley County Communications Center.
Police say that same student continued the pattern of criminal
behavior by attempting to steal a vehicle from the Kroger parking
lot on Wednesday, September 5. About 9:15 a.m. police received
a call that someone had stolen a car and drove it a short distance
through the parking lot, then left it. The victim reported to
Lt. Jeff Thielking that her cell phone had been stolen from
About 1:30 p.m. that same day, officers were called to Bedels
Marathon in Batesville for a report of another stolen vehicle.
A witness told police the suspect was seen entering the library.
Lt. Derek Yarber of the Batesville Police Department located
the suspect inside the library and he was taken into custody.
He was identified as the same male who called in the bomb threat
Chief Holt noted that after the 17-year-old was questioned,
he admitted he had called in the bomb threat, attempted to steal
a car at Krogers and stole a car from Bedels.
The suspect is being held in the Dearborn County Juvenile Center
in Lawrenceburg and is facing felony charges of auto theft,
attempted auto theft and theft. He was arrested for false informing.
Detective Mike Benjamin of the Batesville Police Department
is the lead investigating officer on the case. He will forward
information to Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel to review
for formal criminal charges.