Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives quickly resolved a burglary in progress on the 16100 block of Southeastern Parkway near Fishers. Dispatchers first received the call of a possible burglary in progress just after 11 a.m. April 8. The complainant, Justin Rennaker, is a corrections officer employed at the Hamilton County Jail.
According to a press release from the HCSO, Rennaker arrived home where he found a white male exiting his home, carrying several items. The suspect, later identified as Michael James Crockett, 37, of Bloomington, allegedly had a handgun and left in Rennaker’s truck, a brown Chevrolet Silverado, because Rennaker’s truck was blocking the suspect’s vehicle in the driveway. In addition to the suspect’s handgun, there was a duty-issued weapon and ballistic vest in the truck.
Officials located the truck near 62nd Street and Michigan Road in Indianapolis by using an electronic tracking system built into the truck. The system allowed the truck to be deactivated, and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept. officers apprehended the suspect. Crockett was taken into custody just after noon without incident. He was then transported to the Hamilton County Jail for questioning.
Crockett faces felony charges of robbery, burglary, theft, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and pointing a firearm. He also is being questioned in connection with other alleged burglaries in Hamilton County. It was not specified which burglaries he was being questioned about.