Greensburg man arrested on several burglary charges

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Formal charges of Residential Burglary, a Class B Felony, and Theft, a Class D Felony, have been levied against Troy Custer, 38, of Greensburg, after he admitted to police he was involved in a string of home burglaries that spanned five counties including Ripley County.

According to information from Sheriff Tom Grills several of the burglaries were in Ripley County. Information from the probable cause shows the burglaries date back to August of 2008. Items taken included: jewelry, weapons, cash, chain saws and more.

Custer was serving time in the Franklin County Jail for burglary charges, when Sheriff Grills interviewed him about possible burglaries in Ripley County. Information from this interview led to the recovery of stolen property, according to the sheriff, who also noted that other arrests were made as well.

Custer admitted to breaking into several homes in Ripley County. He told the sheriff how he gained entry and also identified personal items and things he had stolen from the homes.

The sheriff said the case, with over 30 burglaries - six so far in Ripley County, is ongoing with more arrests to follow.

Sheriff Grills said the burglaries happened during the day while most victims were working or not at home. He stressed that residents should lock their doors, even when at home, pay attention to their surroundings, and watch out for their neighbors.

“In our economic status, these types of incidents are sure to continue and we need to stay ahead of the criminals and take care of each other,” Sheriff Grills noted.

If you have any information on any suspicious or criminal activity, you are urged to call the sheriff’s office at 812-689-5555.

Custer, who is currently incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail, will be brought to Ripley County on Tuesday, March 3, for an initial hearing according to Prosecutor Ric Hertel.