Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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February 18, 2014

Burglary cash thought to buy drugs


Officers interviewed each of the suspects. “The way the dominoes fell, they all pointed fingers around the circle and thought they were shielding themselves,” but eventually, the four pled guilty and were sentenced in Franklin Circuit Court, Huerkamp reported.

Jesus Gill, who was 18 at the time, pled guilty to burglary, a Class B felony, and was sentenced Oct. 31, 2012, to 12 years in prison with two suspended to probation.

The other three, who were juveniles at the time, were waived to adult court. Dalton Peterson, who was 16 at the time, pled guilty to two counts of burglary and was sentenced April 25, 2012, to 20 years in prison with four suspended to probation.

Jose Gill, who was 16 at the time, pled guilty to receiving stolen property, a Class D felony, and was sentenced Jan. 23, 2013, to 18 months in prison with nine months suspended to probation.

Michael Roelker, who was 17 at the time, pled guilty to two counts of burglary and was sentenced Dec. 18, 2013, to 10 years in prison with 2 two suspended to probation.

Two other minors had their cases disposed of in Ripley County Juvenile Court.

“These guys thought they were a gang, but I don’t know if they really were,” the prosecutor noted.

Benjamin revealed, “They did wear ‘812’ on their hats,” which stands for the area code.

Holt pointed out, “Most cases of this nature are somehow tied back into drugs in some way .... When you’re dealing with a whole group of teenagers, and they start breaking into homes to get money, that makes it even scarier for citizens.

“We have a good team of officers .... At that time, Mike was in charge of investigations with help from (former BPD officer) Gandy Browning. When you get involved in these cases, it’s time consuming. They were involved in them every single day. I helped with some interviews. (Former school resource officer) Blake Roope also helped out. The talent that is there, and the dedication they put into these cases is great. It makes me proud of this department and our guys and how they work together.”

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