A Kendallville man and Albion woman face preliminary charges after a rash of break-ins in Northern Indiana.
The Avilla Police Department said the arrest comes after police believe over 20 vehicles in three counties were broken into in a short span of time. Officers were called to the Group Dekko Plant on a report of several vehicles being broken into. While responding to the report, one of the victims told police her credit card was just used at a quick mark for a fuel purchase.
Police obtained security footage but were unable to identify the persons of interest in the footage. The department posted images from the security footage and were able to get tips to identify them.
The vehicle was spotted in Kendallville and officers were able to make contact with the suspect. The department said officers found numerous stolen items in the vehicle along with methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. The stolen items were from Avilla, Rome City, LaGrange County and Elkhart County.
Police arrested Boni Coffelt, 30 of Albion, on preliminary charges of theft and possession of meth.
During the investigation, the department was able to get a search warrant for a home in the 110 block of South Riley Street in Kendallville. Officers searched the home to look for the stolen property and other drug-related violations.
During the search, the department said officers found prescription drugs, methamphetamine, paraphernalia and other stolen property. Police went to an Albion business and arrested the resident of the Riley Street property, Timothy Sillaway.
Sillaway was preliminarily charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
As of the time of this report, the case remains under investigation. The Avilla Police Department was assisted in the investigation by the Kendallville Police Department, Avilla Police Department, Rome City Police Department, Albion Police Department, Noble County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police and the Noble County Prosecutor's Office.