Business Owner Helps Police Nab Alleged Scrap Thieves

Posted On July 16, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

arrest-handcuffs-crime-scene-graphic-small.jpg(Versailles, Ind.) – A business owner was able to follow a group of alleged scrap metal thieves until police caught up with them.

Ripley County Communications received a 911 call at around 9:25 a.m. Tuesday from the owner of Versailles Dunbrick, located on U.S. 421 in Versailles. The caller told dispatchers we has following a vehicle that he believed had just stolen property from his business, a Ripley County Sheriff’s Office news release stated.

The owner remained on the phone until police were able to intervene. During the ensuing traffic stop, deputies found the vehicle to be driven by Jacob Street, 26, of Moores Hill. He was joined by passengers Noah D. Davidson, 28, and Samantha J. Combs, 24, both of Milan.

The deputies would allegedly discover in the bed of the truck metal items that were stolen from Versailles Dunbrick. The metal was returned to the business owner.

Street, Davidson, and Combs were all arrested on preliminary charges of Theft pending review of the case by the Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office, the sheriff’s office said.