* Headline Correction- one in Parke Jail, one in Vermillion Jail.
By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central News
VERMILLION COUNTY - A Vermillion County Sheriff's Office theft investigation landed two men in jail a few days apart on robberies reported at area retailers within hours of the two incidents.
The investigation began Friday, Feb. 8, when Vermillion County Deputy Chad Hennis responded to a theft and burglary report at Tractor Supply in Clinton..
A suspect reportedly entering the store property and stole a Cub Cadet snow blower around 12:30 a.m.. According to a press release, deputies obtained video and other evidence from the scene.
Deputies then responded to a call from another store, Walmart, for a burglary that had occurred just a few hours later -- around 5:30 a.m.
"Walmart had video of a vehicle entering the property and driving around to the back of the store. A large amount of used batteries were reported missing," A sheriff's office spokesman said, noting that deputies obtained video of the suspect vehicle.
Deputies checked with scrap yards and asked that they be on the lookout for the vehicle and batteries.
According to the report, a local scrap yard notified the sheriff's office Monday that possible suspects were at the business.
Investigators reportedly found 29 used batteries and a truck matching the description from the video. Josh Baugh was taken into custody on drug charges, while the other vehicle occupant was released from the scene. The truck was inventoried and impounded.
Yesterday, Parke and Vermillion County deputies received information that a suspect, Dennis Baugh was involved in the theft of the batteries and snow blower. Vermillion County Deputies applied for a search warrant for Baugh’s residence in Terre Haute.
Terre Haute City Police and Indiana State Police assisted Vermillion County with the execution of the search warrant.
Dennis Baugh remains held in the Vermillion County Jail with bond set at $15,000 , 10 percent allowed.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the snowblower are encouraged to contact the Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office at 765-492-3838.
Assisting Officers: Detective Mike Strader, Deputy Chad Akers, Parke County Sheriff’s Office, Terre Haute Police Department and Indiana State Police.
UPDATE- The Vigo County Sheriff's Office confirms that an autopsy was performed this afternoon on the victim from the fatal crash that occurred last night. The victim has been identified as 17-year-old Jenna Perrelle, of Terre Haute. All of the other juveniles involved in the crash have been treated and released from the hospital.
By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central News
The Vigo County Sheriff Office is investigating a late night single-vehicle crash that claimed the life of one person and injured others. Names have not been released.
According to a VCSO press release, speed appears to be a factor in the fatal crash.
Emergency crews responded to the crash on Curry Drive, near Sullivan Place, just before midnight. One victim was dead at the scene, while the other occupants were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash.
The fatal accident reconstruction team was called to the scene to assist in the investigation. The Terre Haute Police Department, Honey Creek Fire Department, Trans-Care Ambulance and Indiana State Police also assisted at the scene.
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