By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A man will serve eight years in prison after burglarizing Deatsman Farms and stealing items.
In the first case, Scott Noble, 28, Westville, was charged with burglary and theft, both level 5 felonies. Noble was also charged with three counts of burglary, all level 4 felonies, in a second case.
Four theft charges, a criminal gang activity charge and an arson charge were all dismissed as part of plea agreements.
Noble was sentenced in Kosciusko Superior Court 3 on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
On Aug. 6, 2018, a Kosciusko County Sheriff’s officer responded to a report of burglary and theft at Deatsman Farms, Leesburg, after somebody entered the property and stole a safe, approximately $20,000 in cash, two handguns, a Remington 20-gauge shotgun, a 22-caliber Remington rifle and a drone.
While investigating a separate incident, officers went to a Milford residence and found several people, one of which was Noble.
An officer spoke with Noble, who was standing next to a fire. According to court documents, while speaking with Noble, the officer noticed paperwork with the name Deatsman Farms at the edge of the fire. Noble said he was cleaning out a back shed at the residence. The officer also noticed a safe dial, handle and safe fireproof clay laying on the ground.
Officers searched the residence and discovered a large amount of personal paperwork for Deatsman Farms, as well as the firearms and drone that had been taken from the property. While officers searched Noble, they found $2,170 in his pocket.
Four other people were arrested in this case.
On Aug. 18, 2018, a man notified the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office of multiple items being stolen from his garage. Two additional men also reported items being stolen from their residences.
During the investigation, police learned Noble and another man burglarized the residences. Some of the items taken in the thefts were found at Noble’s residence.
Two aggravating factors in Noble’s sentencing included his criminal history and the harm caused to multiple victims. Mitigating factors included Noble’s admission of guilt and the hardship Noble’s incarceration would be on his children.
In the first case, for burglary, Noble was sentenced to four years in the Indiana Department of Correction, with two years suspended on probation. For theft, Noble received a six-year prison sentence, with four years suspended. Both counts will run consecutively.
In the second case, Noble was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in DoC with 3 1/2 years suspended for each burglary count. All three counts will run consecutively.
Both cases will be served consecutively to two additional felony cases.