Muncie men arrested in burglary investigation




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  • 2021-12-07 18:11:49Z
  • By The Star Press
 

MUNCIE, Ind. - Two Muncie men were caught at the scene of a business break-in, police said.

Joshua Edward Jarrells, 31, and Jamie Michael Patty, 41, were arrested on preliminary counts of burglary, a Level 5 felony carrying up to six years in prison.

Muncie police early Friday were sent to the 1700 block of East Main Street, where Jarrells and Patty allegedly tried to break into a "field office" belonging to Bowen Engineering Co.

The locked office, at a work site, is used by the contracting firm to conduct meetings and also to store tools.

An employee reported to 911 dispatchers he observed on a surveillance camera two men trying to break into the office.

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When officers arrived at the scene, they said two men - later identified as Jarrells and Patty - fled but were later captured.

A woman found in the area told police she had been instructed by Jarrells to act as a "lookout," but insisted she had declined to do so.

Jarrells at first denied involvement but later acknowledged he had cut a hole in a fence to gain access to the property, and that he and Patty then tried to open the office "to see if there (were) expensive tools inside," according to an affidavit.

Jarrells also told an officer he had been "down on his luck."

Patty, also preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement, was captured as he tried to flee from police on a bicycle.

Investigators reportedly gained access to a surveillance video that showed the attempted break-in.

Jarrells, formerly of Albany, was convicted of theft, in Delaware Circuit Court 3, in October. He continued to be held in the Delaware County jail on Tuesday under a $5,000 bond.

Patty also remained in the jail, under a $7,500 bond.

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Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at dwalker@muncie.gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on Muncie Star Press: Police: Muncie men tried to burglarize work site office

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