February 4, 2013

Police continue investigation into local burglaries

Firearms still missing

by Caitlin Huston

— Local police departments are continuing to search for missing firearms after recovering thousands of dollars of items from Galveston-area homes.

Detective Tom Heflin with the Cass County Sheriff’s Department said two arrests have been made in connection with what he believes was a series of home burglaries in late December and early January. The burglaries are believed to have occurred in the southern part of Cass County, northern Howard County and western Miami County.

Heflin said at least three homes in Galveston were burglarized, with firearms, jewelry, electronics, televisions, household items and currency stolen.

“Thousands of dollars of items were taken from those three houses,” Heflin said.

While police have many recovered items from the three homes, Heflin said they still have not recovered any of the weapons reported stolen. The majority were long rifles, he said.

“I’m concerned about these guns,” Heflin said.

The Galveston Police Department, Cass County Sheriff’s Department, Walton Police Department, Kokomo Police Department and Indiana State Police Crime Scene Technicians are working together on the burglaries.

A 17-year-old male juvenile was arrested Jan. 9 in connection with the burglaries, Heflin said.

At the same time, a Kokomo SWAT team served a warrant on Joshua K. Wasson, 28, Kokomo, who was believed to be buying stolen items from the 17-year-old, according to Heflin.

“We had information that he was buying stolen items,” Heflin said.

Heflin said the SWAT team was called in because Wasson was believed to have firearms and had made threatening remarks in the past. He said there weren’t any problems with the arrest.

After his original arrest on a warrant for parole violation, Wasson faced additional charges Jan. 16 of receiving stolen property, a class D felony.

The Kokomo Police Department and Walton Police Department could not be reached for comment.

Heflin said they are continuing to investigate more individuals that may be connected to the burglaries. He said he believed more individuals may come up because some homeowners may not have reported burglaries yet or may still be out of town.

“There were probably people who were burglarized who don’t know it yet,” Heflin said.

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