Burglary ring funded drug habit, prosecutor says

Posted at 5:29 PM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 17:29:55-05

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – Police in Dearborn County said they’ve stopped a burglary ring that was funding a drug habit.

Authorities from several southeastern Indiana agencies worked together on the case once they noticed similarities in a large number of burglaries, Dearborn County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard said. Then investigators found a driver license in the snow at one of the burglarized homes.

The license belonged to Corey Heidorn. He and Dustin Riley have been charged with theft and conspiracy to commit burglary. If convicted, they could face 12 years in prison.

“The violence of breaking into the home affects the people who live in that home very deeply,” Negangard said. “A lot of people have a very difficult time feeling safe in their home again. There’s an unsettled mess they carry with them for a long time, sometimes years.”

Police served search warrants March 8 and found more than jewelry, power tools and more than 30 guns. Negangard said it was all going to be sold for drugs.

More charges could be coming, police said. The investigation is still underway.