The investigation began on May 29, when Deputy Wayne Blevins responded to J&R Liquor Store in Pekin, Indiana, in reference to a burglary that had previously occurred.
On May 30, Indiana State Police Trooper Tom Basham responded to Teena’s Pizza, in Pekin, Indiana, in reference to a burglary that had previously occurred.
Deputy Blevins began a joint investigation with Trooper Basham and Pekin Town Marshal Jeff Thomas. The officers reviewed video surveillance and spoke with witnesses and as a result, they were able to identify three juvenile suspects.
Deputy Brent Miller interviewed two of the juveniles, who were cooperative and admitted to their involvement in the two burglaries. The juveniles also admitted to having involvement in a burglary at the old Newlon’s Grocery Store and being present, when a window was broken at the East Washington Elementary School.
Trooper Basham interviewed a third juvenile, who was cooperative and admitted to his involvement as well.
Deputy Blevins and Trooper Basham have forwarded their findings to the Washington County Probation Department and the juvenile court system.