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September 1, 2011

Police: Armed robber caught in Monticello

Police say more arrests likely

LOGANSPORT — Police say surveillance photos led them to the man who recently forced his way into a Logansport home at gunpoint, tied up two women and stole a large amount of cash.

Twenty-five-year-old Scott D. Wampler was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his Monticello home and charged with class B felony armed robbery. Wampler pleaded guilty to a burglary charge in Carroll County last year, online court records state.

Logansport police detective Rob Smith said the investigation into the Logansport robbery continues, and he anticipates more arrests.

Smith said a tip from White County led to the arrest.

Police Tuesday distributed surveillance photos taken at Home Depot in Logansport the morning of the Aug. 22 robbery. The photos show a dark-colored Dodge Dakota pickup truck with a stripe in the parking lot and a white man with light brown or blonde hair in the store.

“We didn’t know what role the truck played in the crime at first,” Smith said.

Someone in White County reported that the truck belonged to Wampler, and Logansport officers located the vehicle in Monticello on Wednesday, Smith said.

The detective said Wampler was the man in the surveillance photo.

After obtaining a warrant, officers searched the truck and found items from the crime inside, Smith said. He declined to say what the items where Police said they also found some of the money stolen from the Georgian Lane home.

“We’ve recovered about $1,000, but that’s not nearly what was taken,” Smith said.

He wouldn’t disclose how much was stolen.

At this time, police believe Wampler was acting alone when he robbed the home, Smith said.

He also said they no longer think that a small, white pickup truck that they were searching for is linked to the crime.

Smith said he hopes the public rests a little easier now that police have caught the culprit.

“This is a taxing event, not only for the victims but for the public as well,” he said.

Knowing the culprit was still on the streets after nine days was hard on him too, he said.

“It’s a big burden to take home with you every night,” he said.

Wampler remains in the Cass County jail on a probation hold from Carroll County. Police said he will appear in court today.

According to court records, Wampler pleaded guilty to burglary in Carroll County in November 2010. As part of the plea deal, a charge of dangerous possession of a firearm was dismissed, records show.

• Lindsey Ziliak is a staff writer at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or lindsey.ziliak@pharostribune.com.

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