2016-03-08 / Front Page

Two-Month-Long Burglary Investigation Culminates In Arrest Of Lebanon Man

Staff Report

Richard Samuel Fisher, 36, of Lebanon, was formally charged Friday morning following a criminal investigation conducted by Deputy Russell Glenn of the Owen County Sheriff ’s Department (OCSD). According to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case, officers were dispatched to a residence on Private Road 560 West in Poland on January 1, 2016 concerning a burglary. The reporting party advised that he and his girlfriend arrived at the residence and found that the oven was on, a fresh cup of hot chocolate had been prepared, a window was broken and that other items were out of place inside the home. The reporting party confirmed with the owner that no one should have been in the home and then he called 911.

Deputy Glenn arrived a short time later and began his investigation with the assistance of OCSD Sergeant Clint Wampler. With no suspects located in the residence, Deputy Glenn used his department issued DNA swab kits to collect a number of samples throughout the residence. After concluding their on-scene investigation, officers were alerted to a potential suspect who was staying on Forrest Lane in Poland. Officers travelled to that location where they encountered Fisher and arrested him on unrelated charges and also collected DNA swabs from him at that time.

Deputy Glenn sent a collected DNA standard from Fisher along with the samples collected at the residence to the Indiana State Police Lab for forensic analysis. After two months, the Lab issued a certificate of analysis to Deputy Glenn, which showed that the DNA samples matched those of Richard Samuel Fisher.

According to Owen County Prosecutor Don VanDerMoere, Richard Samuel Fisher was formally charged by his office with burglary (level 5 felony), residential entry (level 6 felony) and theft (A-misdemeanor). Prosecutor VanDerMoere issued a reminder that criminal charges are only allegations and this defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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