Indiana Conservation Officers arrested a man yesterday in rural Crawford County while investigating an illegal hunting complaint.
Peter Jacobs (36) of English, was charged with Possession of a Firearm by Serious Violent Felon, Possession of Handgun by Domestic Batterer, Carrying Handgun without License, and Possession of Marijuana.
Just after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, ICO Dispatch received a report of illegal deer hunting involving shots fired from a blue Dodge Dakota in the Mitchell Creek area of the Hoosier National Forest, outside of Eckerty.
The caller identified the suspect as Peter Jacobs.
The following day, Indiana Conservation Officer Dennis Talley observed Jacobs driving the same vehicle with false and fictitious plates on Oak Hill Road near Eckerty, and initiated a traffic stop. Jacobs was taken into custody, and a male passenger was found to have a loaded 12-gauge shotgun between his legs.
Additional inventory of the vehicle revealed another loaded 20-gauge shotgun, .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia. Jacobs was incarcerated, and additional criminal charges are pending.
Indiana Conservation Officers encourage citizens to report illegal hunting activity by calling ICO Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536, or their anonymous tip line at 1-800-TIPIDNR (monetary rewards offered).
All charges are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.