Burglary Leads To Police Breaking Up Underage Party

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Burglary Leads To Police Breaking Up Underage Party


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August 14, 2013 Updated Aug 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM EDT

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (21Alive) -- Three people were arrested Tuesday morning after a K-9 unit led police from a burglary location to a residence where underage drinking was taking place.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded Tuesday morning a little before 2 a.m. to the Barbee Hotel located in the 3600 block of North Barbee Road, regarding a possible burglary in progress.

Officers arrived and discovered where entry had possibly occurred through a window area at the establishment. Deputies were also advised by a witness that several subjects had left the area of the removed window air conditioning unit carrying what appeared to be bottles.

Warsaw City Police Department K-9 unit came to assist and began a “canine track” leading to a residence. Officers surrounded the home and were able to finally make contact at the door with a Daniel Martin Motherwell, 52, Fort Wayne.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the property after Motherwell refused to allow officers to enter the property to further investigate the burglary. Once inside, deputies located individuals matching the initial description of the fleeing burglars and other potential evidence.

Officers subsequently arrested Sarah Ann Cummins, 21, Bloomington, and Tommy James Coonan, 20, Fort Wayne, on preliminary charges of felony burglary to a business/structure.

Motherwell was also arrested and preliminarily charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor due to the under-aged party that was occurring at the residence.

Bonds for Cummins and Coonan were set at $5,000 individually, while Motherwell’s bond was set at $500. The Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

The Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office advises that the defendant’s charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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