WARSAW — Three people were arrested after allegedly breaking into a home.
Debra Lynn Lackey, 39, 1210 Hilltop Ave. 6, Warsaw; Joshua Allan Miller, 32, Warsaw; and Sharon Marie Jackson, 41, 716 W. Center St. B, Warsaw, were all charged in connection to the break-in.
Lackey and Miller were each charged with burglary, a level 4 felony; and residential entry, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of a hypodermic syringe, all level 6 felonies.
Jackson was charged with burglary, a level 4 felony; residential entry, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of a hypodermic syringe, all level 6 felonies; and possession of marijuana/hash oil/hashish, a class B misdemeanor.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on April 30, a Warsaw Police officer was dispatched to a residence in reference to a burglary in progress.
The officer was informed that a woman was seen breaking a window at a residence. The woman entered through the window and let two other people inside the residence.
The people found at the home were identified as Lackey, Miller and Jackson.
Lackey claimed she used to live at the residence and was there to pick up paperwork. She said the current resident had given her permission to be there.
All three were searched, and police found three remotes for a television at the residence in Miller’s pockets.
Officers made contact with the current resident of the property, who was in the hospital. He said nobody should be at his residence and he had not given Lackey or the others permission to be there.
All three were placed under arrest and separated at that point.
When Lackey was interviewed, she again claimed to have permission to be at the residence. She told police her cell phone was inside a bag in the green pickup truck at the scene. She gave consent for officers to enter the truck and retrieve the bag.
The officer who entered the vehicle immediately noticed the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. On the rear seat, the officer saw two backpacks and another backpack on the front passenger seat floor.
The officer picked up one of the backpacks and saw a clear plastic bag containing marijuana underneath it. All backpacks were removed from the vehicle at that time.
Lackey said the black and white backpack was hers. Nothing illegal was found inside that backpack.
Jackson was interviewed and said the black backpack and the marijuana found underneath it were hers. Jackson also admitted to being the person who broke the window and initially entered the residence.
Jackson said she used a grill fork to break the window, entered the residence and opened the front door to let Miller and Lackey inside.
The black backpack was searched and no illegal items were found inside.
An officer then interviewed Miller. He said that while inside the residence, Lackey told him to grab the remotes and put them in his pocket. He said she also told him to gather tools and food and put them in a bag. Miller said he was doing this when police arrived on scene.
All three suspects denied ownership of the gray backpack. A search of the backpack was conducted and officers found 10 hypodermic syringes. Some of the syringes had a liquid residue, which later field-tested positive for heroin. No identifying information was found inside the backpack.
The backpack was in an area inside the vehicle that anybody inside the vehicle would have had access to.
All three were booked at the Kosciusko County Jail April 30. Miller and Jackson were each booked on a $15,250 surety and cash bond. Lackey was booked on a $5,250 surety and cash bond.