Indiana State Police investigation leads to arrest of theft ring in Lawrence County

The Indiana State Police sent the following press release Tuesday: 

Indiana State Police A.C.E.S. Conclude Investigation with Several Arrests

A  several month-long investigation by the Indiana State Police  Bloomington District A.C.E.S. (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Section)  has concluded with the arrest of numerous suspects.

On  April 7, 2022, Trooper Chance Humphrey was contacted by the owners of  Lawrence County Farm Supply, who were reporting their business had been burglarized. The business had sustained a large amount of damage, and  several tools and a large amount of cash had been stolen. Sergeant Greg  Day, Troopers Caleb Garvin and Zack Robbins responded to the scene to  assist Trp. Humphrey. They immediately began an investigation to include  the processing of the scene by Sergeant Eric Russell, Crime Scene  Investigator assigned to the Indiana State Police Laboratory.

Not  only did the Troopers identify potential suspects, but they also  learned that for the past few months there had been several thefts and  burglaries in the city of Mitchell. The CSX Railroad building had been  burglarized multiple times and there had been previous smaller-scale  thefts at the feed mill and other victims were also identified.

For  the next five months, Troopers followed up on tips, interviewed  numerous people, collected various pieces of evidence, and executed  three separate search warrants that resulted in the recovery of several  stolen items. Eventually, the investigating Troopers compiled enough  evidence to establish probable cause for the arrest of eight suspects on  several felony and misdemeanor offenses. The investigation was reviewed  by the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and submitted to Lawrence  Superior Courts I and II, and the Honorable Judges John M. Plummer III  and Robert Cline issued arrest warrants for the suspects.

On  Monday, December 19, 2022, Troopers with the members of the Mitchell  Police Department, and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department  coordinated an effort to locate and arrest the suspects. This effort led  to the arrests and charges of the following,

Clayton McKinney, a 21-year-old male from Bedford

  • Two counts of Burglary, a Level 5 Felony
  • Three counts of Theft, a Level 6 Felony
  • One count of Criminal Mischief, a Class A Misdemeanor

Nikki Gammon, a 37-year-old female from Mitchell

  • One count of Theft, a Level 6 Felony
  • One count of Theft, a Class A Misdemeanor

Robert Riley, a 23-year-old male from Mitchell

  • Two counts of Burglary, a Level 5 Felony
  • Two counts of Theft, a Level 6 Felony
  • One count of Theft, a Class A Misdemeanor

Samantha Lindsey, a 21-year-old female from Mitchell

  • One count of Theft, a Class A Misdemeanor

Nicholas Dunn, a 40-year-old male from Mitchell

  • Two counts of Burglary, a Level 5 Felony
  • Three counts of Theft, a Level 6 Felony
  • One count of Theft, a Class A Misdemeanor

Caleb Riley, a 21-year-old male from Mitchell

  • Two counts of Burglary, a Level 5 Felony
  • Two counts of Theft, a Level 6 Felony
  • Two counts of Theft, a Class A Misdemeanor

Christopher Davis, a 40-year-old male from Mitchell

  • One count of Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon, a Level 4 Felony
  • Three counts of Theft, a Level 6 Felony

This remains an open investigation and further arrests may occur.

Arrest  photos may be obtained from the Lawrence County Jail for Clayton  McKinney, Nikki Gammon, Robert Riley, and Samantha Lindsey. Nicholas  Dunn and Caleb Riley are currently housed within the Indiana Department  of Corrections and have been served their charges. Christopher Davis is  currently being held in the Vigo County Jail for unrelated charges and  has also been served his charges

During  this extensive investigation, Troopers were assisted by the Mitchell  Police Department, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, and the CSX  Railroad Police.

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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