Two from Salem were arrested after an investigation into a burlary of MJ Auto Sales in Pekin. 

Alexander Durbin, 20, Salem and Ryan Sutherland, 19, Salem, were arrested and transported to the Washington County Detention Center. 

Both suspects were charged each with 1 Level 5 Burglary, 1 Level 6 Count of Theft and 2 Level 6 Counts of Auto Theft. 

According to police, the two suspects took cash, a computer and two vehicles from MJ Auto Sales.

The theft was reported on July 10 and the same day, two scooters were located in the Pekin area which, according to police, helped identify the possible suspects. 

Later in the evening, officers received information that the two suspects were in the Clarksville area. 

Sheriff Roger Newlon and Pekin Town Marshall Jeff Thomas along with Chief Deputy Brent Miller and Deputy Brian Naugle began to coordinate their efforts with other law enforcement agencies in the Clarksville area to locate the two suspects and the two stolen vehicles. 

Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies, Clarksville Police Officers and Indiana State Police troopers began checking areas around hotels and motels and located one of the stolen vehicles at a motel in Clarksville. 

Officers were able to verify that a motel room had been booked by one of the suspects. 

At approximately 11p, Sheriff Newlon, Chief Deputy Miller, Marshall Thomas and Deputy Naugle met with other officers at the motel. 

Once the suspects refused to open the door, entry was made into the motel room and both suspects were taken into custody. 

The suspects provided information that the other stolen vehicle was sitting in the Wal-Mart parking lot in New Albany, which was then located and recovered. 

Indiana State Troopers Scott Stewart and Kevin Bowling also assisted.