Suspected home burglary ring busted

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Sheriff’s deputies hope the arrest of a Parke County man breaks up a suspected home burglary ring.

Zachary Shane Kramer, 28, of Montezuma, is charged with burglary and receiving stolen property.

Clark Cottom, chief deputy with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department, says Kramer is suspected of breaking into a northern Vigo County home, on Greencastle Road, back in mid-February and stealing an X-Box 360, five corresponding games, and a game controller; Cottom said he’s also charged with stealing 11 guns from inside the house.

The electronics items surfaced that very day at a Disc Replay store on U.S. 41 South in Terre Haute; Cottom explained pawn shops are often the place where crooks choose to unload their hot merchandise.

“The reason that they do that, a lot of times suspects don’t want the evidence tied back to them — or, they find it easier and quicker to move! In this particular case, the individual had pawned the items at a pawn shop before the burglary had even been reported,” Cottom said.

Cottom said 9 of the 11 guns surfaced in Parke County, but an AR 15 assault rifle and a pistol are still unaccounted for.

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