3 arrested in string of Hamlet burglaries

By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 staff Email

Three people have been arrested following a string of burglaries in Starke County.

Hamlet police arrested 21-year-old Steven Sandoval, 20-year-old Danny Clark, and 19-year-old Cassara Craig, all of Koontz Lake, on Monday.

The case was under investigation for three months, and on Monday, officers executed a search warrant. The arrest happened around 11 a.m. in the 7000 block of North Kickapoo in Walkerton.

Items from multiple burglaries in Hamlet were recovered at the scene, along with other items believed to also be stolen. Meth and drug paraphernalia were also seized during the search warrant.

All three suspects remain in custody in the Starke County Jail with no bond awaiting their first appearance in Starke circuit court.

The Hamlet Police Department also obtained a search warrant for DNA samples and Master fingerprint samples from the suspects. Further charges are expected pending the results of these samples.

Steven Sandoval Faces charges of:
Two counts of Burglary, Class C Felonies
Two counts of Theft, Class D Felonies
Visiting a common Nuisance, Class B Misdemeanor

Danny Clark Faces Charges of:
Burglary, Class C Felony
Theft, Class D Felony
Maintaining a common Nuisance, Class D Felony

Cassara Craig faces Charges of:
Maintaining a common nuisance, Class D Felony
Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Class D Felony

The Hamlet Police Department says the best way to prevent crime is for residents to report suspicious activity to local law enforcement. Any incident that threatens life or is an immediate threat to property justifies a 911 call. Residents may call 574-772-3771, a 24-hour non-emergency number, to report any other suspicious activity.

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