By MARY RAINWATER
Two Palestine men have been arrested — one already released on bond — and a third man is being sought for their role in the burglary of an Elkhart residence in late June.
According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, a neighbor contacted law enforcement at about noon June 27 while witnessing three suspects attempting to steal a washing machine from a yard on ACR 174 near Elkhart.
ACSO deputy Ginger Lively and a Department of Public Safety Trooper responded to the scene but did not arrive on time to catch the suspects “in the act.”
Thanks to a good description of the vehicle — a pickup — officers were able to stop the suspects — identified as 25-year-old twin brothers Justin Scott Delprincipe and Jeremy Stuart Delprincipe and 24-year-old Jeremy Andrew Davis — at the Dollar General store in Elkhart.
“The officers found some items in the back of the vehicle — a 5-gallon bucket of copper fittings, a hydraulic jack and a chainsaw, and took pictures of them,” Taylor said. “The suspects, of course, told officers that those items were theirs.”
During the continuing investigation, conducted by ACSO investigator Sgt. Ronnie Foster, the owner of the residence identified those items in the back of the suspect’s vehicle to have been stolen from his garage.
According to the sheriff, warrants for burglary of a habitation were issued on the suspects, with Jeremy Delprincipe arrested on Friday and Davis arrested on Sunday. Justin Delprincipe remains at-large.
Jeremy Delprincipe bonded out of jail on Saturday and Davis remains in jail on $50,000 bond. Help is being sought to locate Justin Delprincipe, who officers suspect is out of town.
“We are attempting to recover the stolen items,” the sheriff said. “We appreciate people calling us on this case. Because of their good vehicle description, we were able to stop and get identification on these suspects.
“We encourage residents to be observant and to contact us if they see anything strange going on,” he added.
Those with any information on suspect Justin Delprincipe may contact Anderson County Crime Stoppers at 903-729-8477.
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