Surveillance footage and an anonymous tip resulted in multiple arrests and burglary charges on June 3.
According to the Meade County Sheriff’s Office, an individual contacted dispatch at approximately 4:20 a.m. on June 3 and reported that he captured two males and a female on surveillance footage breaking into a new construction home in Payneville. The individual also advised that he captured a two-toned Ford F-150 on the footage. Police say that the information was the posted to social media, and at approximately 2:48 p.m., an anonymous tip identified the males and female that were at the location in Payneville early in the morning. The tipster said the suspects, along with a two-toned Ford F-150, were staying at a location in Payneville.
Additionally, the tipster advised that they had been contacted online by Sabrina Bowen-Wakeland, 40, of Huntingburg, Ind. Sabrina contacted the tipster and told them she was at the scrap yard in Radcliff earlier.
During a search of the vehicle, a sale ticket dated for 12:45 p.m. on June 3, was in plain view in the middle console. The ticket included the contents taken from the new construction home for a total of 328 pounds and $141.36.
At approximately 2:42 p.m. on June 3, an officer made contact with an unknown female at the door of the residence, later identified as Sabrina Bowen-Wakeland. Sabrina, who matched the description of the female on video, made a “spontaneous statement about doing something wrong at a location, but could not identify the road name,” officials say. She stated that Louie Lawson, 40, of Corydon, Ind., wanted to use her truck, a green and silver Ford F-150, but she would not let him use it without going with him. She also stated that Lawson and another individual were inside the house, then went back into the house and yelled their names. Upon entering the residence behind Bowen-Wakeland, the officer observed feet from an unknown person protruding from behind the bed. The officer detained both males, one of which was identified as Lawson, and the individuals matched the description of the two males captured on video.
A check through NCIC on Lawson revealed that he had an outstanding warrant in Clark County, Ind. with full extradition and the other individual had several outstanding warrants as well.
Upon arresting all three individuals, the officer noticed a Commercial Electric cardboard box, orange and white in color, containing 6-inch recessed downlight 6-pack belonging to a Payneville resident, who also owned the new construction home. The box was retained as evidence. While conducting a search, the officer identified the insulation stripped from the copper laying in a burn pit.
Lawson made a spontaneous statement that he utilized a saw to cut the locks off of the trailer belonging to Webbs Butcher Block in Payneville, which was also located at the construction home. Lawson stated that the saw was located inside the toolbox on the back of his truck parked behind the trailer. The saw was located and obtained as evidence. The trailer, a 27-foot double axle tandem box trailer was also taken from the new residence. The trailer was located on Sirocco Road, parked on the right shoulder of the roadway with the right front tire and drum missing on the front axle. Bowen-Wakeland’s vehicle was towed and impounded.
Both Lawson and Bowen-Wakeland were arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence, third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking.