One man was arrested and police were looking for another after a car and several rifles were stolen from the home of a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office commander.
The wife of Chief Deputy Randy Werden arrived at their Greenwood home at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday and found the garage door open, according to a police report.
She saw that the door from the garage into the kitchen had been kicked open and the house had been rummaged through, the police report said. She told police her husband’s Ford Fairlane car was missing; the glass in a gun case in the house was shattered; and several rifles had been taken.
One of the guns belongs to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office but was found the same day, Sheriff Doug Cox said.
A neighbor told police he heard a noise around noon and came outside and spotted two men at Werden’s home, according to a police report. One of the men was inside the garage but ran outside and got into Werden’s car.
Both men drove away in different vehicles, and the neighbor got the license plate number of the car the men arrived in, the report said. Before 1 p.m., police found and stopped that car and arrested driver Brian Lakes, 28, of Indianapolis, on a charge of burglary. Police found several of Werden’s guns in the trunk of the car, the report said.
Lakes told police he had gone to the home to collect some guns and go for a ride in the Ford Fairlane with another man, the police report said. The other man took several guns and wrapped them in a blanket for him, Lakes told police.
Greenwood police were still searching for Werden’s car, and possibly other guns, on Tuesday evening. Werden was also looking for the car and was concerned the other man had more of his guns, Werden said.
He wasn’t sure whether other items had been stolen from his home, he said.
Lakes, 2704 Palo Verde Court, was being held at the Johnson County jail on $20,000 bond.