Ripley County sheriff's officers have solved a couple burglaries thanks to forensic evidence. They occurred on the same day in October 2012, one in the Friendship area and the other in the Versailles area, according to Sheriff Tom Grills.
Evidence from the scenes, which was submitted to the Indiana State Police Forensic Laboratory, linked Dakota Fraley, 19, to both incidents. He has been formally charged by the prosecutor's office with two counts of residential burglary, both Class B felonies, and is incarcerated in the Indiana Department of Corrections for a drug-related conviction.
Numerous other burglaries occurred in the same area, in the same time frame, which Fraley is still suspect in, the sheriff reports. His office is waiting for forensic analysis to be completed on evidence that was collected from the crime scenes before moving forward with potential charging.
Grills notes, "When I assumed office in 2007, my administration worked hard to bring technology to the forefront, have a deputy trained in forensic evidence collection, establish a full-time detective and educate and equip all the deputies with the latest evidence collection technology.
"With the help of the ISP for training, the sheriff's office is leading all agencies in the county in arrests, roughly half. I am proud of all my staff for their hard work and dedication, as it is paying off. This is proof. My office will remain steadfast in working to protect the public."
Anyone with information on this case or any other criminal violation is encouraged to contact law enforcement. Persons can remain anonymous.