Burglary, Chase Suspects Ordered Held On Bond

Posted On May 28, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Michael Fraley (left) and Chad Sumler Dearborn County Sheriff's Department

Michael Fraley (left) and Chad Sumler
Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department

(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Substantial bonds were appointed to two men accused in a series of daytime home burglaries across southeast Indiana.

Dakota Fraley and Chad Sumler were arrested on May 21 after officers conducting surveillance in the Sunman area allegedly saw the men attempt to commit a burglary on Walters Road in Dearborn County. They fled police, leading a high speed chase in which officers fired gunshots when the fleeing vehicle allegedly struck a Ripley County detective.

Detectives believe Fraley could be responsible for as many as 30 burglaries in Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley, and Decatur counties.

Fraley and Sumler appeared in Dearborn Circuit Court on Friday, May 23 to answer to charges of Burglary (Class B felony), Conspiracy to Commit Burglary (Class B felony) and Theft (Class D felony). They were each ordered held on $200,000 surety and $2,500 cash bonds.

Their next court date is July 15 for a pretrial and fact finding hearing

Eagle 99.3 published an earlier article stating that both suspects have criminal histories related to drugs. According to a court affidavit, Sumler told investigators following his apprehension that he went along with Fraley in order to get money to support his heroin addiction.


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