Mother-son duo faces 19 burglary charges

Posted at 11:46 PM, Nov 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 00:02:28-05

MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ind. -- When Leah Storey realized she'd been robbed of $3,000 in cash, her coin collection and her son's savings account, she pictured suspects much different from Jeffrey and Bonnie Henderson. 

The mother-son duo faces a total of 19 charges for 17 separate offenses in the Manchester Township area. Police said they tracked them for nearly two months before Jeffrey's scooter gave him away at the scene of a burglary.

"We happened to be in the area conducting surveillance," investigator Shane McHenry of the Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit said. "I think within about 30 to 45 seconds, we were able to locate the scooter."

That quick arrest could lead to a long sentence for Jeffrey, 42, and Bonnie, 65, if they are convicted. In the state of Indiana, a burglary conviction can lead to between two and 12 years in prison.

Although she might never recover her stolen belongings, the arrests were a relief to Storey, who police said lost the most to the Hendersons' crimes. 

"(The burglary) was definitely very unsettling, and we definitely now have peace of mind," Storey said. "We didn't even want to go to work."