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 sheriffs 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.