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Bullitt residents indicted for Spencer County burglaries

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By Mallory Bilger

 TAYLORSVILLE - The Spencer County Grand Jury recently handed down indictments on five individuals accused of involvement with local burglary and theft reports. 

Among those indicted included several with Bullitt County connections.

Two indicted in Mount Washington Road burglary

Michael A. Peak Jr., 20, of Mount Washington, and Sarah Dalton, 18, of Shepherdsville, have both been indicted on two counts of theft by unlawful taking, one count of first-degree burglary, one count of tampering with physical evidence and one count of third-degree criminal mischief.

The indictments stem from a Dec. 27 incident, when Peak and Dalton allegedly broke into a residence in the 5000 block of Mount Washington Road. Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump said his department, with assistance from the Mount Washington Police Department, apprehended Peak on Dec. 28. 

Stump said the resident was out of town when the theft occurred, but noted items missing upon returning and reported it immediately to law enforcement.

Dalton was later named in the case, arrested and charged. 

According to the indictment, Peak and Dalton, acting along or in complicity with one another, entered the residence unlawfully. The indictment also states that Peak or another participant was armed with explosives or a deadly weapon. 

The indictment notes that Peak and Dalton allegedly stole $500 or more personal property, including a firearm. 

According to the indictment, Peak and Dalton allegedly destroyed, mutilated, concealed, removed or altered physical evidence to hamper the investigation.  

First-degree burglary is a class B felony, while theft by unlawful taking and tampering with physical evidence are class D felonies. Third-degree criminal mischief is a class B misdemeanor. 

Peak and Dalton are scheduled to appear in Spencer Circuit Court April 23 at 9 a.m. for a case review. 

Three indicted for multiple counts of burglary, theft in Spencer County

Taylorsville residents Joseph McPherson and Homer L. Coleman, along with Mount Washington resident Ashley Sharp were indicted Feb. 23. McPherson,23, and Sharp, 19, face four counts of second-degree burglary, a class C felony, and three counts of theft by unlawful taking, a class D felony, while Coleman, 24, faces three counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of theft by unlawful taking. 

The charges stem from four separate incidents at four Spencer County residents. According to the indictment, the incidents include:

• Nov. 13, 2011: McPherson, Sharp and Coleman, alone or in complicity with one another, unlawfully entered a dwelling in the 4000 block of Plum Ridge Road with intent to commit a crime. According to the indictment, the event included the theft of property valued at $500 or more. 

• Nov. 17, 2011: McPherson, Sharp and Coleman, alone or in complicity with one another, unlawfully entered a dwelling in the 500 block of Johnson Lane with intent to commit a crime. According to the indictment, the event included the theft of property valued at $500 or more. 

• Nov. 25, 2011: McPherson and Sharp, alone or in complicity with one another, unlawfully entered a dwelling in the 3000 block of Mount Washington Road,with intent to commit a crime. 

• Nov. 27, 2011: McPherson, Sharp and Coleman, alone or in complicity with one another, unlawfully entered a dwelling in the 5000 block of Plum Creek Road with intent to commit a crime. According to the indictment, the event including the theft of property valued at $500 or more. 

McPherson and Sharp are scheduled to be arraigned in Spencer Circuit Court March 22 at 9 a.m. Coleman is scheduled for a case review in Spencer Circuit Court April 23 at 9 a.m. 

An indictment does not imply innocence or guilt, but is a formal accusation that a person or persons has committed a crime. It recognizes that there is enough evidence to proceed with a case.