Burglar Arrested After Stealing from State Trooper

A Jasper man was arrested Wednesday after burglarizing a storage unit that as it turned out was being rented by an Indiana State Trooper.

Indiana State Police say Master Trooper Brian LaRoche reported Wednesday that his storage unit in Jasper had been burglarized, and that items had been taken.

Police say access into the unit was gained by the burglar accessing the storage unit next door and entering through the wall. They say multiple items were taken, including a weed trimmer and panels for a dog kennel.

ISP Senior Trooper Brock Werne began the investigation by speaking with the lessee of the storage unit next door. Werne was provided with the name of 29-year-old Joseph Frank of Jasper.
Police say Frank was the only additional person with access to the unit.

Werne went to Frank’s address in Jasper to speak with him about the case. While standing on the front porch, Werne and LaRoche observed a weed trimmer that LaRoche identified as his.

After speaking with Frank, Frank was placed under arrest and all of LaRoche’s items were located and returned.

He was taken to and booked into the Dubois County Security Center on a Level 5 Felony count of Burglary and a Class A Misdemeanor count of Theft under $750.

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