KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — Six individuals have been arrested in association with various thefts reported near Milford. The thefts occurred in October.
Those arrested are:
- Mitchell Andrew Reynolds, 26, Syracuse, charged with felony theft and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.
- Alisha Rae Hoover, 28, Warsaw, charged with felony theft and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.
- Nathan Robert Yeager, 33, Bremen, charged with felony aiding, inducing or causing (a crime/criminal act).
- Gregg Allen McManis, 45, 125 E. Third St., Bremen, charged with felony theft
- Jason W. Meade, 43, Syracuse, charged with felony aiding, inducing or causing (a crime/criminal act), possession of paraphernalia, possession of syringe for usage with a legend drug
- Wayne Thomas Lewis, 24, Bristol, charged with felony theft.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by officers from the Bremen Police Department along with the Indiana State Police during the investigation and execution of a search warrant in Bremen.
According to court documents filed against McManis, Devon Burkholder notified police on Oct. 19 that sometime on Oct. 17 his 22-foot Atlas construction trailer was stolen from his residence. The trailer contained construction tools, including a ladder, Kobalt table saw, level, Bosch Hammer drill, roof shovel, Senco hand tools, framing nail guns and building materials, totaling $20,000.
Several days later, on Oct. 21, Stanley Stump reported that between Oct. 20-21 someone had entered his barn and removed a trailer and blue 2015 Dixon zero-turn mower and had stolen a Polaris Ranger from outside the barn. These items are valued at $10,000.
Stump advised police he rents a residence on Mock Road, Milford, to Reynolds and Hoover. Reynolds had moved out of that residence on Oct. 23. On the day Reynolds moved out, Reynolds, Hoover and three other individuals were present helping in the move. Stump had followed them to a residence at 125 E. Third St., Bremen. He also told police after they had moved from his property, he had checked the garage and found a can of paint with the name Burkholder on the top, drywall tools and miscellaneous hand tools.
Burkholder was contacted and identified the items as from his construction trailer.
Police spoke with Reynolds who allegedly stated he and Lewis stole the construction trailer and the items from Stump. The construction trailer was taken to his residence where Lewis and Hoover had unloaded the items into the garage. Reynolds allegedly spoke with Yeager, who knew someone wanting to purchase the tools, mower and trailer. Yeager brought McManis to their residence. Lewis, McManis and Reynolds picked up the Ranger and mower and transported the items to McManis’ residence.
Reynolds also told police he and Hoover were residing at the Jason Meade residence where there were illegal drugs in the residence. He also admitted the hypodermic syringes and marijuana in the safe belonged to him.
Discovering that Meade and Hoover were on probation, a home visit was conducted by probation officials and police. Police were given used hypodermic needles, a safe containing a marijuana pipe, a plastic bag containing a green plant material and hypodermic syringes. Hoover admitted the syringes were used to inject heroin. A search of the residence by probation officials found a glass smoking pipe and syringes belonging to Meade. Hoover also admitted to helping remove the stolen tools from the construction trailer.
Meade admitted to police that he drove Reynolds and Hoover as they followed Lewis to a dealership where the construction trailer was sold. He also admitted he was at the home of Reynolds and Hoover when the tools were loaded into vehicles.
After speaking with an official at Begley Automotive, who verified he had purchased a construction trailer from Wayne Lewis and Mitchell Reynolds, police took possession of the trailer.
During further investigation, Lewis told police McManis contacted an individual who purchased the mower, tools and trailer belonging to Stump for $1,500, plus four eight balls of methamphetamine.
During the execution of the search warrant on Nov. 9 at the McManis residence in Bremen, police found a sawed-off shotgun, LSD and mushrooms. While the Polaris Ranger was not on his property, McManis did get the vehicle and turned it over to police.