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Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department
Austin James Grindle

Burglary suspect captured at funeral home

A statement received Wednesday morning from the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department:

A Warsaw man was taken into custody yesterday morning after allegedly breaking into a funeral home in the northern portion of Kosciusko County.

Kosciusko County officials were contacted Tuesday morning at 6:44 a.m. from employees at Katies’ Kwik Mart convenience store, 101 South Main Street, Leesburg, regarding the unusual actions of the driver of a yellow motorcycle.

As officers were enroute to the location, the driver apparently left the premises northbound after he had caused a disturbance in and outside the store.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Deputies radioed for the Milford Police Department officer to observe for the suspect vehicle that potentially had left on State Road 15. Officers were then notified by the 9-1-1 dispatch center at 7:00 a.m. that a vehicle matching that description had circled the Mishler Funeral Home, 461 West County Road 900 North, Milford, and the driver had then approached the business.

Milford police arrived at the funeral home and located the reported yellow motorcycle, along with a broken window on the rear of the establishment.

The suspect, identified as Austin James Grindle, 19, Warsaw, emerged from the broken window and was taken into custody by Milford and arriving Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Deputies.

The management of the Mishler Funeral Home arrived on scene and allowed officers inside, at which point their preliminary investigation found that the suspect had been attempting to steal children’s DVD movies.

Deputies also obtained a search warrant to obtain a blood draw for drug and alcohol results from Grindle due to his erratic behavior. Those results are still pending, but Grindle was subsequently arrested and preliminarily charged with felony burglary of a business with intent. He is currently being held on a prosecutorial hold without bond in the Kosciusko County Jail.

The Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office advises that the defendant’s charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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