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PERRY COUNTY – Information provided by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy and a person suspicious of women asking for directions helped police locate and arrest two men allegedly involved in a home invasion in Tell City early Friday evening.
According to the Tell City Police Department, Sean Frank, 23, of Evansville and Anthony Frank, 31, of Duluth, Ga., were jailed on charges of burglary and theft. They remained in the Perry County Jail Monday and were being held on $6,105 bonds. Police said the two men are related but aren’t brothers.
The two men pulled into the driveway of a home along Indiana 66 in Tell City just after 5 p.m. and allegedly told the homeowner they needed to check on a property-boundary issue. While one of the two men kept the homeowner occupied, the other allegedly entered the house and rifled through drawers for valuables. Jewelry and other items were taken, police said.
The Franks left and the homeowner, once she realized what had happened, called police. Officers said she was not injured.
Dispatchers alerted officers to be on the lookout for the white pickup truck the Franks were in. A short time later, off-duty Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Dickenson noticed a truck matching the description traveling on Indiana 37. He turned around but lost sight of the vehicle for a time. He later found it unattended off of Shiloh Road.
Responding officers closed Shiloh Road for a time as they searched the area.
Tell City Patrolman Derrick Lawalin and his dog, Jago, were summoned and a scent trail from the truck led to a nearby home. They spoke with a resident there who said her husband had driven a man who said the truck had become stuck. The man returned while officers were there and said he had taken Sean Frank to the Circle S gas station near Branchville Correctional Facility. A state-police trooper detained him there.
Some of the items missing from the Tell City home were recovered in his possession, police said.
The search for the other suspect continued. Police later received a call from someone who said family members living on Old Indiana 37 had been approached by women in a Jeep asking for directions to the area of Sunflower and Aster roads. The caller provided a description of the vehicle and Cannelton Patrolman Micah Jackson located and stopped the vehicle. Inside were the two women, Anthony Frank and another male.
Police said the third male, who may have accompanied the other two, was not involved in the home invasion and was questioned and released. The two females were also released.
Tell City Police Lt. Alan Malone said there was successful teamwork from law-enforcement departments including the county sheriff’s department, Cannelton Police Department, Forest Service Officer Donald Kidd and Indiana State Police. Perry County Emergency Management Agency Director Steve Hauser also provided help by sending Code Red notifications during the search for the suspects and a second Code Red message when they had been placed in custody.
Malone also extended an oft-repeated caution to anyone approached by strangers. It’s also a good idea, he said, to verify identities, ask for photo identification and to decline to talk with people if they seem to be acting suspiciously or if their motives are questionable.
They can also notify police at 547-7068 or by calling 911.