With the help of a tracking device, police were able to track down two men they believed to be stealing fuel from state property Sept. 25.
Indiana Conservation Officer Kyle Kinser was monitoring the vehicle of a suspect he believed to be stealing diesel when he saw the vehicle stop near a heavy grader on Yellowwood State Forest property off County Line Road near Needmore.
The suspect vehicle didn’t move for 20 minutes, Kinser said.
Kinser reported seeing two men — later identified as Richard Garvin, 21, Bloomington, and Levi R. Terrell-Turner, 24, Unionville — cut a trail cable with an ax for about 30 minutes before taking down a trail camera.
Turner then drove the truck up to the grader and he and Garvin began siphoning diesel from it, Kinser’s report said. They filled the truck’s tank with the fuel before leaving north on County Line Road, the report said.
A second conservation officer stopped the truck on County Line Road. Kinser reported seeing an ax, a gas can with fresh diesel on it, a rubber hose and the trail camera in the back of the truck. Kinser also reported finding a sock with a glass pipe that contained methamphetamine residue.
Both men were taken to the Brown County jail where it was discovered Turner had methamphetamine on him, the report said.
On Sept. 27, Garvin was charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor, and criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor.
Turner was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony; theft, a Class A misdemeanor; criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.