Jeffersonville Man Arrested After Stealing Tools from Jasper Store

Jeffersonville Man Arrested After Stealing Tools from Jasper Store


A Jeffersonville man is behind bars after stealing tools valued at over $1600.00 from Rural King in Jasper last January.

Arrested and Charged Joseph E. Zaepfel, 37, Jeffersonville, IN

  • Theft, Level 6 Felony

On January 20, Trooper Brock Werne began an investigation of a theft from the Jasper Rural King, in which three tool kits were stolen out the back door of the store. 

Werne learned that the suspect, in setting up the crime, placed the items in a shopping cart near the back door before asking to use the telephone near the gun counter. 

While on the phone, the suspect phoned his accomplice to stage outside the back door, and then proceeded to grab the items, retreat out the back door of the store, place the items into a gold minivan, and drive away.
 Through his investigation, Werne was able to work with the Jasper Police Department and identify the suspect as 37 year old Joseph Zaepfel of Jeffersonville. 

Friday, an arrest warrant was issued for Zaepfel through the Dubois County Court.  Werne and Senior Trooper Robbie Lambert went to Zaepfel’s Jeffersonville address and placed him into custody, without incident.  He was transported to and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.